Yen Wen-kuei was a native of Wu-hsing, Checkiang, who was a Painter-in-Attendance during the reign of Emperor Jen-tsung (r. 1022-1063). His depictions of landscapes and figures were excellent, especially his renderings of the four seasons. Pure, elegant, and charming, they were called "Yen's Wondrous scenes." This painting depicts a scene late in the day during winter. On the foreground bank is an old man working his fishing net alone and huddlind against the severe cold. The river surface separates the foreground from the level distance dotted by shoals of withered reeds, winding banks, geese, and ducks. These motifs add to the sense of vastness and solitude. The composition is similar to another in the Museum entitled "Fisherman by an Anonymous Sung Artist." Furthermore, judging from the style of the painting, it should be attributed to a late Ming (1368-1644) artist, and not to Yen Wen-kuei.