As Pure As Lotus Flower

Chinese peoples have close feelings about lotus. Artists painted lotus. Poets and scholars wrote poems and essays about lotus. Lotus also has religious significance in Buddhism. Because of its long history in China many people throughout the history have made special studies about the lotus.

The Chinese have always loved lotus flower paintings, which is always stand at the emotional center of Chinese aesthetic culture. In modern society they are still interpreted as an expression of specific emotions: These flowers are thought of as being like a gentleperson, who keeps themselves clean, alive and healthy in a dirty environment. Essentially the Chinese lotus flower represents creative power and purity amid adverse surroundings. It is also a symbol of the seventh month, summer.

In China, there are many poems about the lotus flower, often describing how they come out of the dirty mud under the water and yet retain their pureness, freshness and beauty. Chinese poets also use lotus flowers to inspire people to continue striving through difficulties and to show their best part to the outside world, no matter how bad the circumstances may be. This is understood as being just like the lotus flower, bringing beauty and light from the murky darkness at the bottom of the pond

Another symbolic characteristic of the Chinese lotus flower leads from the observation that the plant's stalk is easy to bend in two, but is very hard to break because of its many strong sinuous fibers. Poets use this to represent a close unbreakable relationship between two lovers or the members within a family, showing that no matter how far away they might live nothing can really separate them in heart

The most well-known lotus painter in China is Zhang Daqian (Chang Dai-chien, 1899-1983), painter and collector who was one of the most internationally renowned Chinese artists of the 20th century. Though being versatile and brilliant in many techniques and styles of Chinese painting, Zhang was particularly known for his lotus painting as well as his mature splashed-color painting style. Ever since the 1930s, Zhang and Qi Baishi were honored with the titles -- Zhang in the south and Qi in the north -- meaning the best two Chinese painters of the time.