Fascination with Nature:
Birds, flowers and insects in Chinese art

10 January – 5 August 2008

Exhibition closed

Room 91

The works in this display show the importance of bird, flower and insect motifs in Chinese art. The exhibition is a unique opportunity to view Chinese depictions of nature – the paintings are extremely fragile and can only be displayed for short periods of time.

Books related to the exhibition

First Masterpiece of Chinese Painting, by Shane McCausland
Chinese Art, by Jessica Rawson
Chinese Art in Detail, by Carol Michaelson and Jane Portal
Flowers, by Marjorie Caygill
Birds, by Mavis Pilbeam

Detail from a handscroll entitled Fascination of Nature

Detail from a handscroll entitled Fascination of Nature. Painted by Xie Chufang, ink and colour on silk. From China, AD 1321.