Classical flower-and-bird paintings bloom at Nanjing museum

By Lin Qi | | Updated: 2021-03-04 14:01
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Bamboo and Rock, a painting attributed to Yuan Dynasty painter Li Kan. [Photo provided to China Daily]

The genre paintings of flowers and birds which emerged in the Tang Dynasty (618-907) continue to enthrall the audience today for vivid depictions of plants, animals, fruits, insects and sometimes mythological creatures.​

Auspicious Blossoming, running through March 28 at the Nanjing Museum, shows a selection of fine paintings from the museum's collection, navigating how ancient artists practiced with the style to improve their techniques.

The flower-and-bird paintings not only capture the lively scenery all year round to deliver blessings, they also show a painter's cultural accumulations as one often used the subjects as metaphors of hidden emotions and views on social issues.

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