Wen Cheng-ming (1470-1559) was a native of Ch'ang-chou (Soochow). His original name was Pi
and his style name was Cheng-ming, by which he became known later, and thus he assumed
another style name Cheng-chung. His sobriquets were Heng-shan and T'ing-yun-sheng. He
studied painting under Shen Chou and brought the Wu school literati painting to its perfection.
This piece, produced when he was eighty, is a rare example among Wen Cheng-ming's works that
is depicted in rough brushwork on a large silk picture plane
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