長苦春來惱亂人 可堪春 理宗 趙昀
南宋 理宗 趙昀 行書 《長苦春來》 七絕詩 團扇
Quatrain on Late Spring
Emperor Lizong (Chinese, 1205–64, r. 1224–64) Period:
Song dynasty (960–1279) Culture:
Fan mounted as an album leaf; ink on silk Dimensions:
Image: 9 5/8 × 9 1/4 in. (24.4 × 23.5 cm) Classification:
Calligraphy Credit Line:
Bequest of John M. Crawford Jr., 1988 Accession Number:
Not on view
A Song palace seal impressed on the left-hand side of this writing reads: "Treasure of imperial writing."
In his poem, the emperor laments the coming of old age:
How spring makes me sad!
Timidly I bear the passing of spring.
The young lady has no feeling for me,
She treats my love merely as that of a waning spring.
(Wen C. Fong, trans., in Beyond Representation: Chinese Painting and Calligraphy, 8th-14th Century [New York: Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1992], p. 242.)