Goddess of the River Xiang
Fu Baoshi (Chinese, 1904–1965)
Date: dated 1947 Culture: China Medium: Album leaf; ink and color on paper
Here, Fu was inspired by verses from a cycle of poems entitled the Nine Songs that is traditionally attributed to Qu Yuan. The Xiang River, a major tributary of the Yangzi that ran through the state of Chu, was known to harbor a goddess in its depths. She surfaced and enchanted the poet, who swore to make her his bride. The moment of enchantment depicted by Fu is described by the poet::
The Child of God, descending the northern bank,Turns on me her eyes that are dark with longing.Gently the wind of autumn whispers;
On the waves of Dongting Lake the leaves are falling.
(David Hawkes, trans., Ch’u Tz’u: The Songs of the South [Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1959], p. 38)
The Metropolitan Museum
Fisherman and Fisherwoman (渔翁渔妇图), Huang Shen, Nanjing Museum
Huang Shen (simplified Chinese: 黄慎; traditional Chinese: 黃慎; pinyin: Huáng Shèn; Wade–Giles: Huang Shen) (1687 - 1772) was a Chinese painter during the Qing Dynasty
Huang’s was born in Ninghua (寧化) Fujian province, to a poor family. His style names were ‘Gong shou’ (恭壽) and ‘Gong Mao” (恭懋). His pseudonym was ‘Ying Piaozi’ (癭瓢子).
He began his training under the painter Shang Guanzhou (上官周). In the earliest part of his career he excelled at cursive calligraphy and favored a meticulous style modelled after Ni Zan. He became better known as an artistic innovator who was one of the Eight Eccentrics of Yangzhou. When it came to paintings of people he favored images of religious, historic, and common people. His more famous works are The Drunk Monk and Shepherd Su Wu.