Bamboo and Rocks
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Artist:   Chu Sheng  
Title:   Bamboo and Rocks  
Date:   1688  
Medium:   Ink on silk  
Dimensions:   73 1/4 x 37 3/8 in. (186.06 x 94.93 cm)  
Credit Line:   Gift of Ruth and Bruce Dayton  
Location:   Gallery Not on view  

Chu Sheng was born in the modern city of Hang-chou in the Chekiang province. He studied under Lu Te-chih (1585-1660), a specialist in bamboo and orchid paintings who in turn was inspired by the great Sung dynasty masters of bamboo paintings, Su-shih (1036-1101) and Wen T'ung (1019-1079). This background rooted Chu Sheng in a rather pictorial approach to painting. The second edition of the famous "Mustard Seed Garden Painting Manual" featured Chu Sheng's designs for bamboo and orchid painting and he enjoyed professional success while working in Nanking during his later years.

The inscription reads:

During the late spring of the year 1688, done after the brush-mode of the plum-blossom Taoist Wu Chen (1280-1354)) by the seventy-one year old Chu Sheng.

Name:   Sheng, Chu  
Nationality:   Chinese  
Life Dates:   1617-c. 1691  

Object Description  
Inscriptions:   Inscription; Stamps 2-line untranslated inscription, at R edge near UR corner; 2 seals, in red, below inscription  
Classification:   Paintings  
Physical Description:   tall bamboo stalks with leaves growing next to a stream with rocks at LL and R side near bottom; wood roller  
Creation Place:   Asia, China, , ,  
Accession #:   2000.157.5  
Owner:   The Minneapolis Institute of Arts