Image: 46 5/8 x 21 5/8 in. (118.4 x 55 cm) Overall with knobs: 85 13/16 x 31 1/2 in. (218 x 80 cm)
The Lin Yutang Family Collection, Gift of Richard M. Lai, Jill Lai Miller, and Larry C. Lai, in memory of Taiyi Lin Lai, 2005
Not on view
Tang Di, a native of Wujin (Jiangsu province), was the great-grandson of the renowned scholar-painter Tang Yifen (1778–1853). Though accomplished in painting, calligraphy, and poetry, he prided himself most on his knowledge of physiognomy. In Beijing, where he lived for many years, he was active as a teacher as well as an artist. This work dates to that period of his life.
The painting features a powerfully posturing pine. A moss-covered rock, leaning to the left, offers a counter-thrust to the rightward leaning tree. In Chinese culture, the pine is revered as the gentleman of trees. It remains green regardless of climatic variations. Constant and lofty, it differs from all other beings around it, yet lives in harmony with them.
Inscription: Artist’s inscription and signature (2 columns in semi-cursive script)
Painted by my snowy window in the winter of the gengwu year . Tang Di while in the old capital [Beijing].
Tang shi Dingzhi 湯氏定之 Qinyin Yuan 琴隱園
Li Ming 黎明 (Richard Lai, 1920–2011) and Lin Taiyi 林太乙 (Taiyi Lin Lai, 1926–2003) Li Lin 黎林
 Documentation from Shi-yee Liu, Straddling East and West: Lin Yutang, A Modern Literatus: The Lin Yutang Family Collection of Chinese Painting and Calligraphy, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2007, no. 29, p. 93.
Richard M. Lai, Jill Lai Miller and Larry C. Lai , (until 2005; donated to MMA)
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Bridging East and West: The Chinese Diaspora and Lin Yutang," September 15, 2007–February 10, 2008.