Bamboo in Four Seasons: Summer

Bamboo in Four Seasons: Summer


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Hanging scroll, ink on silk

Overall: 232.3 x 82.6 cm (91 7/16 x 32 1/2 in.)

Leonard C. Hanna, Jr. Fund 1982.150.1



The painting depicts high bamboo stems in a breeze with leaves all torn in one direction. The rock on the right suggests a garden setting. Bamboo remains green throughout the year; new shoots emerge every spring and are a Chinese delicacy. During the Yuan dynasty, monochrome ink painting became the dominant style of the scholar-artist, and is used here by a professional painter. Monochrome bamboo with leaves blown in the wind was a popular subject as its depiction demanded brushstrokes and techniques similar to writing calligraphy.

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Chinese Art
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