Chinese Hui Orchid

Orchid (蘭, lan) symbolises modesty, as well as love, friendship, beauty, and represents the spring.  It is one of the Four Gentlemen.

The orchids normally painted are grass orchids – wild flowers – so they are delicate, lively, playful.  Orchids should be painted with “happy qi.”  There are 2 types: single flower per stem (lan orchid) or multiple flowers per stem (hui orchid).  The leaves are the same for both.

Famous Orchid painters include:

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