The lotus (蓮 花 or荷 花 ) is a very important flower in China, being both ornamental and useful (roots and stems are eaten, seeds used as medicine).
It represents summer and fruitfulness. In Buddhist imagery, it symbolises purity: a beautiful flower grows out of mud. The Buddha sits on a lotus flower. Om mane padme hum is a chant to the god of the jewel on the lotus. One of the sutras is called the Lotus Sutra. In Daoism, it is the emblem of He Xian Gu, one of the immortals.
I love painting lotus. It was wonderful to sketch lotus in Beijing. I am quite pleased with my vase.
The philosopher Zhou Dunyi (1017–1073, Song Dynasty), wrote a famous essay “On the Love of the Lotus.”
Famous Lotus painters include:
- Bada Shanren (Zhu Da) Ming/Qing
- Wu Changshou late Qing
- Qi Baishi late Qing/Republic
- Pan Tianshou late Qing/Republic
- Zhang Daqian late Qing/Republic
- Virginia Lloyd-Davies leaves
- Virginia Lloyd-Davies flowers
- Virginia Lloyd-Davies red flowers
- Nan Rae leaves
- Nan Rae outline flower
- Nan Rae coloured lotus
- Outline flowers, in Chinese
- Pink flowers, in Chinese
© Angela Reich 2019