Cultivated Landscapes: Reflections of Nature in Chinese Painting with Selections from the Collection of Marie-Hélène and Guy Weill

September 10, 2002–February 9, 2003

Images of Flowers in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries

During the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, images of flowers became increasingly colorful and calligraphic. With the establishment of the People's Republic in 1949, landscape painting enjoyed a revival as the celebration of China's scenery was deemed both patriotic and politically correct. But during the Cultural Revolution (1966–76), such images could also convey the artist's defiant individualism in the face of the intense political pressure and persecution.