Early 20th century fan painting of lychee brings delightful breeze in summer

Updated: Jun 17, 2024 www.chinaservicesinfo.com Print
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Fan painting of lychees, Wu Changshuo, ink and color on paper, Qing Dynasty, from the collection of the Palace Museum [Photo/Official website of the Palace Museum]

Experience the charm of summer as the ancient Chinese did by painting vibrant and sweet lychees on a fan. Imagine enjoying the refreshing breeze while admiring the vivid, plump lychees: a perfect summer delight!

This lychee fan painting by Qing Dynasty (1644-1911) artist Wu Changshuo (1844-1927) features the Feizixiao species of the fruit, depicted with a light red base and deeper red layers on top. Currently housed in the Palace Museum in Beijing, the artwork beautifully captures the essence of summer.

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