Far East Painting - Hua Niao - A Chinese Ancient Painting Style

July 17, 2018


Hua Niao - The Concept


Chinese Bird-and-Flower Painting, called Hua Niao, is a type of painting named after its topics that cover blossoms, birds, insects, and fish. The artists have the leeway to understand flowers as plants, and also to include pets in their artworks.
The Background
Hua Niao Painting existed since very ancient Chinese eras. It graced bronze vessels, potteries, and phoenix function of artwork on silk, during the Warring States Period (7th-4th centuries B.C.). The images depicted corroborate that ancient Chinese flowers and birds would be the favorite themes of the Hua Niao artists. Easy and plain initially, this Chinese Painting style eventually graduated into a mature and important art form, with the help of schools that were developed, techniques, and well-established theoretical background. Hua Niao works became a complete study of art throughout the Tang Dynasty (618-907), rising until the conclusion of Five Dynasties Period (907-60).
stima quadri antichi in pre-Tang and Tang Dynasty, emotions, moods, feelings, as well as the temperament of the individual figures were the identifying characteristics of the Bird and Flower Painting. The characters rarely looked in each other. The’blossoms’ they held, the’trees’ they sat near tothe’birds’ flying around themwould symbolize the connection between them. This symbolic representation of individual feelings was a significant turning point in the history of Chinese Art. Soon, Hua Niao became a different Fine Art form throughout the mid and late Tang Dynasty.
The Varieties
- Ink and Wash Painting
- Nice Brush Painting
- Nice Brush using Ink and Wash Painting
- Nice Brush with Heavy Color
- Fine Brush with Light Color
- Fine Brush using Freehand Style
- Freehand Style
- Great Freehand Style
- Slight Freehand Style

The Artists
Many renowned artists arose during 618-960, together with Huang Quan and Xu Xi being the representative names one of them. Quan Huang was a court painter and his paintings centered on rare birds and blossoms in the court. His depictions were vibrant and seemed full-fledged luxurious and beautiful. ‘Sketch of Unusual Bird Scroll,’ portraying many sorts of birds, was a masterpiece by Huang.