Image: 61 3/4 x 27 1/2 in. (156.8 x 69.9 cm)
Overall with mounting: 102 1/4 x 34 3/4 in. (259.7 x 88.3 cm)
Overall with knobs: 102 1/4 x 38 in. (259.7 x 96.5 cm)
Edward Elliott Family Collection, Purchase, The Dillon Fund Gift, 1981
Not on view
Zhang You, a native of Fengyang, Anhui Province, who inherited the hereditary rank of marquis (hou), was known for his lofty ambition and scholarly demeanor. An aficionado of ornamental plants and rocks, he made a specialty of painting plum blossoms, studying with the Hangzhou master Wang Qian (active first half of the 15th century). According to his inscription, Zhang painted this work for a regional military commander in Pingjiang (Suzhou), Jiangsu Province.
Inscription: Artist's inscription and signature (3 columns in standard script)
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Great Waves: Chinese Themes in the Arts of Korea and Japan I," March 1, 2003–September 21, 2003.
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Art of the Brush: Chinese Painting and Calligraphy," March 12, 2005–August 14, 2005.
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Brush and Ink: The Chinese Art of Writing," September 2, 2006–January 21, 2007.