Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Birds and flowers

Title? Ming Dynasty (1368-1644)
Lu Ji (1477-?)
likely on silk

A painter of bird and flower works, I haven't been able to find much on Lu Ji, discovering the painting on ChinaCulture.org.

Ming Dynasty art was known for its many different styles stemming from its variety of schools and sects. Lu Ji and others were known for more true to life/reality paintings, Lu Ji most specifically birds and flowers. Flower-and-bird painting is a genre of Chinese painting alongside genres such as landscape. His vivid colors and finely detailed work are exemplary. The rich goldenrod of the background is what draws me to the painting, the other works I've been able to find consist of much more muted colors.

Website dedicated to understanding Chinese painting.

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