Edvard Munch (Ådalsbruk 1863 - Christiania [Oslo] 1944); Moonlight by the Mediterranean, 1892; oil on canvas, 55 x 46 cm. Natjonalmuseet for Kunst, Arkitektur og Design, Oslo
lowers and birds were favorite subjects of paintings in ancient China, offering a kind of special aesthetic interest. Flower-and-bird painting originated from the Tang Dynasty (618-907). This art form slowly advanced from initially serving as an ornamental pattern for daily utensils, then later serving as symbolic, metaphoric and allegorical elements in the background of figure painting. Finally, flowers and birds are seen in independent themes.
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