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Sparrow and Bamboo, 1981

Sparrow and Bamboo, 1981

Sparrow and Bamboo, 1981, by Chao Shao-an (1905-1998). China. Ink and colors on paper. Collection of Master Chao Shao-An, 1992.265.

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.

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