Ts’ui Po, (style name Tzu-hsi) was a native of Hao-liang ( modern Feng-yang, Anhwei). He entered the painting academy during the reign of Jen-tsung(r.1022-1063) as a Student and specialized in painting birds, small animals, flowers, and bamboo. According to history descriptions, Ts’ui Po became famous for his depictions of withered lotuses and waterfowl. As a result, later collectors would often ascribe works of this subject matter to his name. This painting is such an example. However, the abbreviated nature of the composition and brushwork describing this goose resting on a shoal with reeds differs somewhat from the actual style associated with Ts’ui Po. This painting is related to the archaic and primitive styles advocated in the Yuan dynasty (1279-1368).