Fish and Water Weeds

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Maker(s)
Artist: Formerly attributed to Zhu Zhanji, Emperor Xuande (1399-1435, reigned 1426-1435)
Historical period(s)
Ming dynasty, 1368-1644
Medium
Ink and color on silk
Dimensions
H x W (image): 25.5 x 104.2 cm (10 1/16 x 41 in)
Geography
China
Credit Line
Gift of Charles Lang Freer
Collection
Freer Gallery of Art
Accession Number
F1911.226
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Painting
Type

Handscroll

Keywords
China, fish, Ming dynasty (1368 - 1644), water
Provenance
Provenance research underway.
Label

Playful fish in flora-filled water became a popular subject for Chinese painters when the cultivation of rare fish came into vogue in twelfth century. In this "painting of life subject" (xiesheng), the artist creates an underwater translucency with his skillful handling of ink wash and pale colors, depicting minnows, catfish, shrimp, and carps swimming among plants. The sense of spontaneity and freedom of movement reflect the artist's keen observation of aquatic life.

Published References
  • Suzuki Kei. Chugoku kaiga sogo zuroku [Comprehensive Illustrated Catalog of Chinese Painting]. 5 vols., Tokyo, 1982-1983. vol. 1: p. 259.
Collection Area(s)
Chinese Art
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
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