These two paintings are created in the rather non-traditional Chinese way. traditionally, Chinese painting has a lot of white space therefore normally the background is white and finished off with a Poem in the calligraphy style. Just like the painting “Peony Love”. These two paintings have a dark brown background. To show the contrast of light and darkness is more of a western approach and these two paintings inspired by the Dutch golden age still life flower paintings in the 16th and 17th century.
During the golden age paintings often depicted beautiful flowers around the globe. Some of them don’t even flower in the same season. They were created by the artists to show off their global trades and wealth Of the Dutch Empire. But in the later stage of the golden age paintings often showing decays, skulls, worms and dead animals. Artists using these dying objects to symbolise the fall of the Golden age.
In my golden age paintings one is a Peony painting and the other is a chrysanthemum painting. Peony is an imperial flower of China, and chrysanthemum is regarded as one of the four plants (Bittersweet, Iris, bamboo, and chrysanthemum) with gentlemen Qualities. They both symbolise Beauty, well manner, nobility. Paintings have flowers in bloom, flowers dying and new buds coming out. These paintings are created with ink and Chinese pigments on rice paper, in an oil style. Paintings symbolise that China has grown to be one of the strongest economies in the world and it’s still growing. Although I’m not saying that China is in its golden age I want to use this traditional Chinese paintings to show that golden age never lasts. Life has itS circle. Economy has its circle one should be aware and be prepared for blossoms and a golden ages to go by and in brace the new changes and a new life and a new golden age.