Chao Yung, a son of Chao Meng-fu, had the style name Chung-mu. He led a career as a government official but was also known as a calligrapher and painter of landscapes, in which he took the works of Tung Yuan as a model. He is most famous for his paintings of figures with horses, and bamboo and rocks.
The horses of a mountain village are scattered among the rocky slopes along the bank of a river. In the distance horizontal bands of mist settle around the bases of lofty peaks. A stream flows out of the indistinct area at the foot of the mountains and tumbles over rapids into the foreground, where a scholar is relaxing in his skiff. The entire painting is infused with an air of simplicity and purity which captures the feeling of drifting quietly and peacefully along a stream on a warm day. The painting is unsigned but is attributed to Chao Yung in an inscription by Tung Ch'i-ch'ang (1555-1636) above the painting.