He Xiangning loved to paint plum blossoms. This painting of plum blossoms depicts springing forth of the flowers from seemingly dead branches of the tree, bringing life and hope
Xiangning was born in Hong Kong. While still
young she went to Japan, were she joined with
the group led by Dr. Sun Yat-sen that was
endeavoring to overthrow the Qing Dynasty.
Politics was an integral part of Ms. He's life
though art was always an overwhelming passion.
studied art at the Ueno School of Art in Tokyo.
Throughout the remainder of her long life, Ms.
He often used her paintings of pine trees, plum
blossoms, lions, tigers and landscapes to convey
her political views. Ms. He particularly liked
to paint plum blossoms whose blossoms are
considered a symbol of purity and courage, which
dared to challenge the snows and frosts of
winter. After returning to China, she came under
the influence of the Lingnan School of painters
where her earlier Japanese painting influences
were replaced by more traditional Chinese forms.
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