Bird on a Plum Tree

Attributed to Qian Xuan



Artist Attributed to Qian Xuan
Period China, Southern Song - Yuan dynasty, 13th century
Materials and techniques Hanging scroll, colour on silk
Size 25.7×25.7


Among the bird-and-flower painting during the Song and Yuan dynasties in China, there is a style that emphasizes ink outlines and pale color washes. This work uses light color washes to depict a bird aiming for a bee, while sharp and accurate ink outlines are used for the plum branches and bamboo leaves. The tense moment of preying on a bee is captured magnificently.