Image: 34 1/2 x 17 5/8 in. (87.6 x 44.8 cm)
Overall with mounting: 93 7/8 x 25 1/4 in. (238.4 x 64.1 cm)
Overall with knobs: 93 7/8 x 29 in. (238.4 x 73.7 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
In his inscription to this painting, Zhang Daqian pays homage to Lin Yutang's admiration both for humor and for Su Shi by quoting a humorous line from Su Shi's poem "On Eating Light." It reads: "Radishes give birth to sons and mustard greens have grandsons." Su Shi was trying to eliminate meat from his diet in observance of the Buddhist decree not to kill. One can eat radishes and mustard greens without guilt because they continue to propagate after being harvested. Although Zhang Daqian became a vegetarian in the last few years of his life, he was still an unabashed meat-eater when he painted this scroll.
Signature: Artist's inscription and signature (10 columns in cursive script):
Artist's seals 張爰大千父 Zhang Yuan Daqian fu 大風堂 Dafeng Tang 昵燕 Ni yan 家在西南常作東南別 Jia zai xinan changzuo dongnan bie (“Born in the southwest, I often stay in the southeast.”)
Inscription: Artist’s inscription and signature (10 columns in cursive script)
Radishes give birth to sons and mustard greens have grandsons. This line is from old Po [Su Shi, 1037–1101]. Painted for [Lin] Yutang, my senior, for his amusement and correction. Daqian, your junior, Yuan, respectfully sending this from the Garden of Eight Virtues (Bade Yuan) in San Paolo
Zhang Yuan Daqian fu 張爰大千父 Dafeng Tang 大風堂 Ni yan 昵燕 Jia zai xinan changzuo dongnan bie 家在西南常作東南別 (“Born in the southwest, I often stay in the southeast.”)
Li Ming 黎明 (Richard M. 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. 14, p. 65.
Marking: Collector's seal:
Li Ming (Richard Lai, 1920 - )
黎林 Li Lin [Li Ming 黎明 (Richard Lai, b. 1920) and Lin Taiyi林太乙 (Taiyi Lin Lai, 1926–2003)]
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.