THREE PERFECTIONS Poetry, Calligraphy and Painting in Chinese Art ??????

Three Perfections explores the interconnections between poetry, calligraphy and painting. In traditional China, scholars and scholar-officials were cultivated in these arts as vehicles of self-expression.

Art Exhibition previously on at NGV International in Victoria, Australia.
From Friday 06 December 2013 to Monday 09 June 2014
Launch Friday 06 December 2013,

Red Orchid  image

Published by National Gallery of Victoria - International on Tuesday 02 July 2013.
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Painting was regarded as ‘silent poetry’ and poetry ‘painting with sound’. Scholars trained in the ‘art of handwriting’ or calligraphy at an early age used calligraphic brushstrokes in their paintings.

This exhibition consists of paintings and calligraphy from the Asian Collection. Works dating from the fourteenth century to the present will show the uniqueness of Chinese art and the contrast between traditional and contemporary art in the continuity of a living tradition.

The newly-ripe cherries scatter like coins of elm seeds.
It is also April in Yangzhou.
Last night red orchids in the thatched hut burst into blossom.
Worrying about the wind and rain [that might ruin the blossoms], unable to sleep.

Huang Shen
Chinese 1687–1768
Red Orchid from the Birds and flowers album (mid 18th century)