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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