Chinese watercolours

Over the time, which I have been collecting, I have found myself truly admiring the art which comes from the Far East. Chinese porcelain, sculpture, scrimshaw, drawings, and watercolours. The breadth of this facet of art is enormous. To be consider a specialist, one’s knowledge needs to be immense. This should not deter people from the appreciation of the art which comes from the Far East.

I come across works which I think are beautiful and capture the essence of this genre.

I find myself entranced by the brush work used by the artist. The opaqueness of the paint and the way it seeps into the paper. There is such simplicity in the work and yet it is pure artistry making the difficult seem simple.

Animals have meaning in Chinese society. They are based on the twelve animal signs of the zodiac. These are the rat, ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, sheep/goat, monkey, rooster, dog and pig/boar. The rabbit symbolises mercy, elegance and beauty. The early Chinese believed a rabbit lived on the moon.

The light strokes of the brush leaves on the paper such wonder to look at. The above three works all bear their artists seals. I do not know their names but each has through their artistry has given us something beautiful to look upon.

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