May 19, 2006
May 19, 2006

Insects and Bamboo

Insects and Bamboo



Album leaf; ink and light color on silk

Image: 23.8 x 25.6 cm (9 3/8 x 10 1/16 in.)

The Kelvin Smith Collection, given by Mrs. Kelvin Smith 1985.364


This painting represents a microcosm (a world in small) of the Jiangnan ecosystem: while the bush cricket feeds on bamboo, the male widow-skimmer dragonfly is a predator of small insects like mosquitos. Mosquitoes, abundant in late summer and early autumn, suggest the fall season.

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