Chinese Paintings Peony
In China the peony is known as the queen of
flowers or the flower of riches and honour
and symbolises wealth and distinction.
Provided the peony becomes vibrant and
alive, full of beautiful flowers and green
leaves, it is also an omen of good fortune.
Chinese peony paintings of are often hung in the
home for good luck and in the office
for good business.
The complimentarity of opposites is another traditional
Chinese meaning associated with the peony which is often understood as a positive influence for woman and man
living harmoniously together. To create good Feng Shui towards finding a faithful and loving partner a Chinese
peony painting should be placed in your marriage sector.
The complimentarity of opposites can also be understood on a metaphysical level as Yin and Yang, the T'ai-Chi, which
represents a complimentary dualism through which everything in existence is understood to contain the seed of its own
opposite. In this way everything in life is understood as a necessary aspect in the flow of existence, rather than some
aspects of existence being perceived antagonistically as "other".
The Chinese peony is an emblem of love and
affection and is a symbol of feminine
beauty. In the ancient Chinese "Book of Odes"
amorous youths and maidens give each other
peonies. White peonies traditionally symbolise
young girls who are distinguished mainly by their
wit but also by their beauty.
Red has long been
regarded as a life-giving colour so
red peonies are admired and highly
On a more erotic level peony flowers are
symbols of female genitalia; when the dew,
which represents semen, falls, the peony
The Chinese peony is one of the flowers of
the four seasons and corresponds to late
spring, early summer.
Subtle lines are often employed in Chinese paintings of peonies
in order to depict the life force
of the plants.
View our collection of Chinese Peony Paintings here.