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The twisting strokes depicting the plum tree branches are echoed in the semi-cursive calligraphy inscription of a poem by Wang Mien (1335-1407), which reads (translated):

Frost falls on the Chiangnan region in November.
Grasses and trees do not blossom,
only the old plum tree beside the stream.
Its trunk and branches are sharply stiff like iron.
Its buds burst under the chilly wind.
Thousands of flowers bloom like snow.
The immortals of Mount Peng-lai come down from the Jade terraces in moonlight.
The petals of pure spirit look like silver.
The sea mist cannot cut the message from Mount Lo-fo (a site famous for plum blossoms).
When I see this plum tree I know it to be a friend in the cold winter.
But my wandering life has frosted my temples.
In your home you have a full jar of Autumn dew wine.
You let me drink a hundred cups.
When exhilarated I took off my hat and painted freely.
I clap my hands and shout for joy to have painted this wonderful plum tree.
When I awakened from a drunken sleep the birds were singing and in flight.
The incense had stopped burning.
I got up and held the rock outside the door.
White clouds spread over thousands of acres.

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About Our Prints

Philadelphia Museum of Art Custom Prints offers exclusive custom reproductions of artworks in the collections of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Hand-made in the USA using gallery-quality materials, we create prints as true to the original work as possible, using strict color management protocols and state-of-the-art printing technology.
Many of the works offered through this store are exclusive and not available anywhere else. In addition, new works are continually added to the offering so make sure to come back and see the new releases.
You have found the work that speaks to you. Now what? Using our innovative custom framing tool you can preview exactly what your finished and framed art will look like. We offer many different moulding styles so there is sure to be a match for any type of decor.

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As always, members will receive their discount for all transactions processed through our Custom Prints store. Simply enter your Member ID during the checkout process and your discount will be applied.