Bird-and-flower painting

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Bird-and-flower painting
Qian Xuan - Early Autumn.jpg
Early Autumn, 13th century, by Song loyalist painter Qian Xuan. The decaying lotus leaves and dragonflies hovering over stagnant water are likely a veiled criticism of Mongol rule.[1]
Chinese name
Traditional Chinese 花鳥畫
Simplified Chinese 花鸟画
Vietnamese name
Vietnamese alphabet Hoa điểu họa
Chữ Hán
Korean name
Hangul 화조화
Hanja 花鳥畵
Japanese name
Kanji 花鳥画

Bird-and-flower painting is a kind of Chinese painting named after its subject matter. Normally, most bird-and-flower paintings belong to the scholar-artist style of Chinese painting.

According to Chinese tradition, bird-and-flower painting covers "flowers, birds, fish, and insects" (Traditional Chinese: 花鳥魚蟲, Simplified Chinese: 花鸟鱼虫 huā, niǎo, yú, chóng). It can thus deal with a wide range of natural topics, including flowers (plants), fish, insects, birds, pets (dogs, cats) etc.

The huaniao hua (花鸟画) or "bird-and-flower painting" is proper of 10th century China. The most representative artists are Huang Quan 哳㥳 (ca. 900  – 965) and Xu Xi 徐熙 (937–975). They are the masters of two schools: the first school was led by Huang Quan (imperial painter). It is characterised by an “outline” method of brush work, with emphasis on bright colours filling a meticulously outline (gongbi). The other school was led by Xu Xi (never entered into officialdom) and typically used techniques associated with ink-and-wash painting.[2]


According to painting technique:

Representatives: Lin Liang (林良), Tang Yin (唐寅)

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Media related to Bird-and-flower paintings at Wikimedia Commons


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