Two Pines Artist: Tang Yifen (Chinese, 1778–1853)


Asian Art

On view, 2nd floor, Asian Art

Initially a military official who traveled throughout southern China, Tang Yifen eventually settled in Nanjing, devoting himself to calligraphy, poetry, and the sciences, such as astronomy. It remains unclear why he died during the tumultuous years of the Taiping Rebellion (1850–64), but it is possible that he was involved in defending Nanjing. Although the composition of two pine trees and rocks is a standard feature in the foreground of Chinese paintings, Tang’s focused, close-up rendering of this theme creates a sense of immediacy and intimacy that would not be possible if he had depicted the subject from a greater distance.


Hanging scroll; ink and color on paper


without mounting: 71 × 38 5/8 in. (180.4 × 98.1 cm)
with mounting: 121 7/8 × 45 13/16 in. (309.5 × 116.4 cm)
with rollers: 50 3/16 in. (127.5 cm)

Credit Line

Gift of David Y. Wong in memory of Wong Nan-p'ing

Accession Number



Qing dynasty (1644–1911)


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botanical, hanging scrolls


pine trees

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