Willow Tree and Blossoming Peach Artist: Jin Nong (Chinese, 1687–1764)

8th month, 1676

Asian Art

Not on view

Jin Nong, who began painting at age seventy-five, is often categorized as a so-called eccentric painter because he chose not to work for the court and painted in a style that could not readily be traced to a wellestablished canon of earlier masters. He is particularly noted for his distinctive calligraphy and clever fusion of writing in the compositions of his paintings. The artist’s inscription at right indicates that the painting was brushed in the eighth month of 1676 and states that willows weep and flowers smile.


Hanging scroll, ink on silk


without mounting: 42 3/4 × 16 3/4 in. (108.6 × 42.5 cm)

Credit Line

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

Accession Number



Qing dynasty (1644–1911)


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botanical, hanging scrolls




two seals of the artist: Jin jijin yin; Jin Nong Yin Xin three collector's seals "Inscribed: Willows wink, flowers smile."\r\n


signed: -Jin ershi liu lang she sheng

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