In the East, some flowers have been imbued with a special meaning and symbolism beyond their natural properties.
For instance, the Chinese revere the plum, orchid, bamboo and chrysanthemum as the "four gentlemen," believing that they possess incomparably noble qualities; and the Japanese use cherry blossoms to symbolise love and hope.
This has led to a longstanding tradition of painting flowers and plants that had developed into a significant strand of Chinese painting.
- Format: Paperback / softback
- Pages: 240 pages, 200 Illustrations
- Publisher: CYPI Press
- Publication Date: 20/09/2013
- Category: Oriental art
- ISBN: 9781908175151