Fishermen-Hermits in Stream and Mountain



Zhao Yong 趙雍

(Chinese, c. 1289-c. 1362)
Painting: 85.5 x 42.5 cm (33 11/16 x 16 3/4 in.); Overall with knobs: 229 x 70 cm (90 3/16 x 27 9/16 in.)
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The composition of two shores divided by a river was mostly famously associated with the Yuan painter Ni Zan.


In this typical southern two shores divided by a river composition, two fishermen, each seated in the stern of his covered houseboat, troll their hooks in the swirling water, holding short rods fitted with spooling reels.

Zhao Yong was a son of the southern calligrapher and statesman Zhao Mengfu, who, like his father was a scholar-official in the Mongol-Yuan government. As public servants of the Yuan state and administration, scholar-artists like the Zhaos delighted in paintings that pictured them in nature as fishermen amid vistas of Jiangnan, which they considered their home.
Fishermen-Hermits in Stream and Mountain

Fishermen-Hermits in Stream and Mountain


Zhao Yong

(Chinese, c. 1289-c. 1362)
China, Yuan dynasty (1271-1368)

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