This is one of four drawings in which Xie repeated an image of the same bird but experimented with various configurations of branches and leaves. Because this drawing is done in pencil and is the most complex of the four, it may have been the starting point of the series.
Sarah Shay , Arlington, VA (until 2005; donated to MMA)
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Mastering the Art of Chinese Painting: Xie Zhiliu (1910–1997)," February 2, 2010–August 1, 2010.