My Favourites

The Met has many fabulous paintings.  I love especially Zhao Mengjian’s delicate bai miao Narcissus handscroll, and the exquisite dan cai  Pleasures of Fishes handscroll by Zhou Dongqing.

In Shanghai Museum I was delighted by a handscroll of orchids by Zheng Xie (Zheng Banqiao) – I love his bamboo paintings as well.  Here is just a glimpse from my photos:

Zheng Xie Orchids, Shangha Museum

I was very fortunate to see Bada Shanren’s Flowers on the River at the V&A’s exhibition of Chinese masterpieces.  it also included the wonderful Nine Dragons scroll.

Xu Gu is also a favourite, especially his mad-eyed goldfish.  He also painted squirrels and this frantic catHenry Li talks about Xu Gu’s work.

Not to be confused – Wu Changshuo and Wu Guangzhong – the first is amazing, and I love the the latter’s free style.

Fantastic to be able to see famous Chinese painters in action: