Ts’ui Po, whose style name was Tzu-hsi,was a native of Hao-liang, Anhwei. He was a skilled painter of birds and flowers, acquiring fame for his portrayals of withered lotus plants and water fowl in particular. Ts’ui Po is said to have worked without a ruler or compass and to have painted directly, without preliminary drafts--remarkable comments in consideration of the exacting, realistic style associated with his name. Circa 1068, Ts’ui Po was one of a number of painters who received imperial commissions from Emperor Shen-tsung, and, following his successes in this endeavor, he was appointed as a student in the Painting Academy. A lone goose raises its head among water reeds. The leaves have been bitten by frost, though some green remains.The goose is painted with extreme detail, a fine brush delineating his feather. The painting, although a traditional attriution to Ts’ui Po, is an excellent example of realistic depiction.