The Style and Characteristics of Flower-and-Bird Painting in The Western Fujian Province in Modern Times


Flower-and-bird painting of Western Fujian
Accumulation of the past and preservation of the present
Style and characteristics




The 20th century was a period of change in the development of Chinese flower-and-bird painting. Traditional brush and ink painting blended with Western painting colors and concepts to present new forms of painting. Following the peak of Ming and Qing Dynasties’ development in Minxi (the western of Fujian) painting, a group of freehand flower-and-bird painters represented by the “four Masters of Shanghang” Li Shaoqi, Luo Xiaofan, Qiu Tian, and Song Shengyu, who inherited the Minxi painting style of the Ming and Qing Dynasties, learned the new painting language combines the styles of Paintings of Shanghai school, Lingnanism, and Lingdongism. The unique new style of painting highlights the posture of Minxi flower-and-bird paintings, thus influencing the modern times changes of flower-and-bird paintings of Fujian.