Lotuses, Insects, and Birds

Lotuses, Insects, and Birds


Hanging scroll, ink and color on silk

Image: 112.6 x 57.5 cm (44 5/16 x 22 5/8 in.); Overall: 174.5 x 77.5 cm (68 11/16 x 30 1/2 in.)

Dudley P. Allen Fund 1985.18


Pairs of herons, kingfishers, and dragonflies punctuate a profusion of lotus in this composition that, given the orientation of the herons and the clustering of motifs in the left-hand side of the work, may have once been the left painting of a pair. Presently identified as being by the hand of a Korean artist, the painting has a stylistic affinity with Chinese Piling school paintings. Such paintings are characterized by their bird-and-flower or insect-and-flower subjects as well as by their lack of contour lines, a technique called the "boneless" method.

See also
Korean Art
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Dudley P. Allen Fund

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