Bamboo, Rock, and NarcissusBamboo, Rock, and Narcissus
Chinese (1599–c. 1685)
Qing dynasty (1644–1911)
Hanging scroll; ink on paper
31 1/2 x 17 1/8 in. (80 x 43.5 cm)
This painting of wild narcissi and short sprigs of young bamboo growing at the base of a rock is a masterwork of the artist Chen Jiayen. Forcefully executed with quick, bold brushstrokes in soft, gradated tones of ink wash, the primary forms of the Kimbell painting have a remarkable solidity.