A rock dominates the image, with orchids and grasses growing next to it. Calligraphic text accompanies the image, places above the rock, with three seals.
Creating cooperative works with peer artists has been a fashion closely connected to the literati’s painting concept and practice. As modes of personal expressions, according to literati theory, paintings are created for private occasions and are shared and appreciated among circles of friends. The cooperative work celebrates respectful mutual relationships and reinforce affections among the painters participated.
Chang collaborated with two friends from the Seven Friends Painting Club, Liu Yantao and Gao Yihong. Naturally, in a cooperative work, each artist often takes on a subject best representing his/her talents. Appealing to scholar-artist, the elegance and subtle fragrance of orchids have long been regarded as the emblem of righteous gentlemen, thus a suitable subject for scholars alike.
A rock wall in the background. And a man with a scraggly beard and white plastic helmet in front of it. His hands are in the air and the left is holding a cigarette, wearing a long-sleeve shirt with patterns on it.
The bottom half of this print's composition shows a rocky outcropping, with a triangular shadow in the center right. On the bottom left is some foliage. The top half of the composition shows three trees in the center right. The left-most tree is darker than the other two. The trees are set against a flat background.