Wind & Rain


Bamboo in wind and rain
ca. 1694
Shitao (Zhu Ruoji) Chinese
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 210
Shitao, one of the most outstanding landscape masters of his time, was also passionately in love with bamboo painting. On this monumental work, he quotes a description by Su Che (1039–1112) of Wen Tong (1018–1079), the Northern Song bamboo painter: “He dallies amid bamboo in the morning, stays in the company of bamboo in the evening, drinks and eats amid the bamboo, and rests and sleeps in the shade of bamboo; having observed all the different aspects of the bamboo, he then exhausts all the bamboo’s many transformations.”

Accompanying Shitao’s signature is his seal, which quotes a saying by Wen Tong: “How can I live one day without this gentleman!”

During the eighteenth,century, Shitao’s style of bamboo painting was practiced by members of the Eight Eccentrics of Yangzhou.

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