Revival of Ancient Chinese Flower Art

Egrets with Autumn Lotus

Yu Jigao, described as a ‘national first-class painter’ in China, is a master of a style of painting known as ‘flower-bird fine brushworks’

The style dates back to the Tang Dynasty (CE 618-907), reaching its peak in the Song Dynasty (960-1279) under masters such as Huang Quan. But it was not until the 20th Century that this style began to be revived.

And now, Yu Jigao is leading the modern wave of flower-bird painters. He has been hailed by leading Chinese artists as bearing comparison with the great painters of times gone by.

His paintings have even been shown at the United Nations headquarters. And he firmly believes that art is important:

"A nation without world-shaking art is pathetic. A nation with world-shaking art that is unable to protect it and carry it forward is pathetic as well," says Yu.

Ducks grow Fat During the Blossoming of the Lions

Couple Parrots Whisper Among White Blossoms

2 responses to Revival of Ancient Chinese Flower Art

#1 Jennifer Ennis on Nov 18 2012 at 2:24 PM

How lovely to see art which looks like art; exquisite brushwork, balanced design - you could look at these every day of your life and be soothed, never bored.

#2 Humayun Azad on Mar 29 2013 at 3:58 AM

Art is life. A creative man does not live without art. It is one of the important thing which makes anyone life beautiful and cheerful.