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When Dutch still life paintings meet Chinese traditional flower and birds paintings
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Class of 2021
Major:
Art and Art History

Yidi Zhang is the Class of 2021, majored in Art & Art History, specifically focused on Painting and Printmaking. She come from Taiyuan, Shanxi, China. As a Chinese, she likes to tap the elements of traditional Chinese culture as her creating inspirations. After graduation, she plans to have a short break to figure out her direction and then continue the study of MFA in painting and printmaking. Her ideal is to be an independent artist, combining the Eastern and Western culture in her artworks and bridging East-West cultural exchanges.

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This project is a study of still life painting which combined Dutch still life painting style with traditional Chinese fine brushwork paintings. Due to the Coronavirus, I did research and composition design from late May, but started to actually paint until Early August. Since I believe quality is much more important than the quantity, I created only one but highly detailed painting at last. For the subject and composition, I specially focused on the bottle flowers (the western-style floral compositions) with traditional Chinese wooden window frame. The flower bottle is the representative Blue and White porcelain bottle, while the flowers are the China’s national flower — peony. The idea of this work is to show the beauty and fragility of life through flowers.