The History of Art as Told by Flowers

The History of Art as Told by Flowers
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Li Kuchan, Red Lotus | Courtesy of Long Museum, Shanghai

On display at the Long Museum, a refined selection of works from the Museum’s collection, which narrates the birth and development of the pictorial theme of birds and flowers. Traditional iconography, dating all the way back to the Wei and Jin Dynasties of the South and the North (220 - 589 AD), then evolving in the Tang dynasty (618 - 907 AD). Thanks to the political stability and economic prosperity of this historic period, the art and culture were particularly florid - flowers and birds gradually became subjects imbued with artistic and stylistic value, independent of landscape painting. The period of maximum splendour was during the Song Dynasty, under Song Huizong. This dynasty from the North continued to express itself in “rich and noble” language, strictly tied to the regal taste for poetry. The works during the Qing and Ming Dynasties are also particularly famous and numerous. On display, more than 50 paintings of flowers and birds, selected from the collection of the Long Art Museum, which cover the most important painters of the genre from the XVII to the XX Century, such as Chen Jiru, refined author of the series Flowering Plums, the monk from the Qing Shi Tao Dynasty, the influential Ren Bonian and Zhang Daqian, considered the most brilliant and prolific exponent of the Chinese painting of the XX Century.

Chiara Vedovetto - © 2018 ARTE.it for Bulgari Hotel Shanghai