Peony Flower with Poem
Peony Flower with Poem by Fan Wei
China: Qing Dynasty, watercolor on paper
The poem in this painting roughly translates to:
Ode to Peony
I used the brush to praise the blooming peony
A cocoon-like bud bursting forth to beautiful flowers
Who said the peony is like a maid
Her scent and beauty makes the noble palace so inspiring, like a spring breeze.
Inscribing poems on paintings gave a more in-depth view of the artist’s feelings rather than what a painting alone could offer.