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International Journal of Frontiers in Sociology, 2021, 3(4); doi: 10.25236/IJFS.2021.030409.

The Impressionistic Spirit of Xu Wei's Flower and Bird Paintings


Hua Li, Hanyi Chen

Corresponding Author:
Hua Li

Academy of Fine Arts, Zhejiang Normal University, 688 Yingbin Avenue, Wucheng District, Jinhua, Zhejiang, China


Xu Wei is a legend of freehand brushwork painting in Ming Dynasty. He is proficient in all kinds of poetry, calligraphy and painting, especially good at wild cursive which is freely writing with wanton vertical and horizontal genre. He focused more on the play of subjective feelings and literati's interests, so he was not restricted by the form of natural images. He dared to "break all forms" and was familiar with "casting forms and pleasing shadows". The impressionistic spirit of Xu Wei's flower-and-bird paintings has influenced a large number of later literati artists.


Freehand brushwork; Flower and-bird painting; Impressionistic spirit

Cite This Paper

Hua Li, Hanyi Chen. The Impressionistic Spirit of Xu Wei's Flower and Bird Paintings. International Journal of Frontiers in Sociology (2021), Vol. 3, Issue 4: 37-40. https://doi.org/10.25236/IJFS.2021.030409.


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