Bamboo and Dry Branches
Leaf 10 Album of twelve paintings
Shitao (Zhu Ruoji) (Chinese, 1642–1707)
Ink and color on paper
Each painting leaf: 6 1/2 x 4 1/8 in. (16.5 x 10.5 cm)

"In this picture I follow
Li Cheng’s style of branches
with a new idea:
I see a beautiful maiden,
simple and elegant,
with only a touch of cosmetics.
As I try to capture
her inimitable smile,
I suddenly realize that I
shall never entirely succeed.”