Bamboo and Rocks, c. 1760

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While serving as district magistrate in Shandong province, Zheng Xie also studied and produced poetry, calligraphy, and painting. Undisciplined, outspoken, and passionate about public service, Zheng resigned in frustration in 1753 and established himself as a distinctive member of the artists’ group known as the Eight Eccentrics of Yangzhou. As an artist, he is known for closely integrating calligraphy with orchid and bamboo paintings.

His poem reads:
Bamboo and rock stand paired alone in harmony
The multitudes of plants and flowers are in vain
Spring, summer and autumn cannot transform them.
Only the elegant plum has greater virtue.

Details
Title
Bamboo and Rocks
Artist Life
1693 - 1765
Role
Artist
Accession Number
95.54.2
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