Chinese art 3 — modern traditional landscapes

These are representative of traditional concerns; I find them beautiful, if lacking the subtlety of some of the works of centuries past. The first is linked to its source.


“Pines, bamboo and plum blossoms are ‘bosom friends in winter.’ The three plants are upright and show rectitude. They become favorite objects for Chinese painters.”


Watching Wild China underlines how such paintings are often far more realistic than they may seem. I do suspect that allegorising has somewhat overtaken reality in the top painting, however.

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