A native of Nanjing, Zhang Feng was known for his poetry, painting, and seal carving. Without formal training, he created a strongly linear style in his landscapes that suggests the influence of Anhui School painters active in Nanjing. Here, linear forms modeled with touches of light ink wash generate a rhythmic momentum across the composition. The pervasive mist endows the sensitively rendered landscape elements with an inviting lyricism. His inscription reads:
Dark clouds over the cliffs linger into daytime; Light mist mixed with drizzles obscures the green moss. In a straw cape and bamboo hat, a man holds a long rod by the river, While white egrets fly back and forth searching for fish.
An old friend of the artist added an inscription in the upper left corner in 1683.
cat. no. 47
Ho Iu-kwong (He Yaoguang) Chinese
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "The Art of Dissent in 17th-Century China: Masterpieces of Ming Loyalist Art from the Chih Lo Lou Collection," September 6, 2011–January 2, 2012.