Bamboo is a symbol for virtue because of its unique qualities of strength and flexibility. It is also one of the more difficult subjects for Chinese artists to paint. Here Chao Shao-an shows his technical prowess not only in his rendering of a single powerful stalk of bamboo but also in that of the three delicate sparrows. The inscription by the artist reads:
Winter has passed, spring is here again.
What I planted stands upright on this hill,
Having endured the cold and frost with great patience,
Seeking only to be remembered for its unyielding
Xinyou year (1981), winter, twelfth month. Shao-an at the Lingnan Art Studio.