Pan Tianshou, Plum Tree and Moon (spring 1966). In the spring of 1966, Pan was aware of an impending crackdown on traditional Chinese painting. In protest, he painted a plum tree in winter, giving it strong human characteristics: a branch that resembles an arm, roots shaped like a knee and a shin, and a gnarled trunk mirroring the stooped posture and weathered complexion of an old man. He used his fingernail to create a dark cloud partially covering the moon, itself reminiscent of a person’s face. Ink and color on paper, finger painting, 6 x 5 feet. Courtesy of Pan Tianshou Memorial Museum.