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Oriental Flowers: Chinese Brush Paintings

Art / Photobook

By: Cai Sufan (Author)

184 pages, colour & b/w illustrations

CYPI Press

Paperback | Sep 2013 | #207289 | ISBN-13: 9781908175151
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NHBS Price: £19.95 $24/€22 approx

About this book

In the East, some flowers have been imbued with a special meaning and symbolism beyond their natural properties. For instance, the Chinese revere the plum, orchid, bamboo and chrysanthemum as the "four gentlemen," believing that they possess incomparably noble qualities; and the Japanese use cherry blossoms to symbolise love and hope. This has led to a longstanding tradition of painting flowers and plants that had developed into a significant strand of Chinese painting explored in Oriental Flowers.

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