Old pine

Wen Zhengming Chinese

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Pine and rock are paired to create a quiet but sturdy image of constancy and persistence. This painting was created by the celebrated scholar-artist Wen Zhengming and later inscribed by his son Wen Jia with an eleventh-century poem about pine trees. Pines were a common subject for birthday-gift paintings; the elder Wen may have painted this one in advance and never found the occasion to inscribe it for a recipient.

Old pine, Wen Zhengming (Chinese, 1470–1559), Hanging scroll; ink and color on silk, China

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