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Return to Stone Lake 石湖歸棹圖

A work made of handscroll; ink on paper.
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  • A work made of handscroll; ink on paper.


Ming dynasty (1368–1644), dated 1466


Shen Zhou, 沈周
Chinese, 1427-1509

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Shen Zhou


Return to Stone Lake 石湖歸棹圖


China (Artist's nationality:)

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Handscroll; ink on paper


Artist’s poem: 遠樹平沙帶落暉,汀蘆獵獵晚風微。虛堂自領青山色,艇子湖頭醉未歸。 成化二年十月六日歸自石湖。船牕多暇戲,倣雲林筆意,作此小景,竝系以詩。沈周。 Far trees and flat sand are clothed in fading light; The lu grass on the land-spits rustles in the late faint wind; An empty house becomes the color of the mountain; While for the boatman at the lake’s head Intoxication--still no return. (trans. Richard Edwards) "When on the boat coming back from Stone Lake, I had a good deal of leisure time, and so for my amusement I imitated the brush and spirit of Yunlin [Ni Zan] by painting this small scroll and adding a poem." (trans. Stephen Little) Colophons by Yang Mengjian 楊孟堅, Cheng Keze. Seals of Qian Konan, Yang Mengqian (1612), Cheng Keze (1680), Wang Hungxu (1645-1723), Pang Yuanji.


26.1 × 157.5 cm (10 1/4 × 62 in.)

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Kate S. Buckingham Endowment Fund

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