Gallery Talk - Hidden Meanings of Love and Death in Chinese Paintings
Two of life’s essential experiences love and death- have been explored in Western art from the Classical Greek period to the modern day. However, their study in Chinese painting is still largely unexplored. These themes are not overtly portrayed but suggested by subtle visual symbols and literary illusions.
IMAGE: Qian Weicheng (1720-1772), Lotus and Root, Butterflies Hover Above Pinks and Aster, and A Cicada Alighting on a Willow Branch, dated 1762. 3 album leaves (leaves B, G, & I), ink & color on paper, 24 x 29 cm, Gift of Marilyn and Roy Papp.