Chinese paintings are usually done with ink on rice paper. Zen Buddhism has great influence on Chinese painting. The nature’s colours are expressed through shades of black ink monochrome. In modern times, watercolours are widely used to make the paintings more attractive.
There are usually empty spaces or voids in the composition. Western paintings always have more complicated compositions. The background of paintings are always coloured.
In Chinese painting, not too much colours are used; the compositions are always simple. The quality of lines show how good the drawings or paintings are as people regard Chinese painting as an extension of Chinese Calligraphy.
A poem or a few words are commonly written on the paper to complement the paintings.
The following are examples of some very good Chinese paintings about fruits.
Western Fruit Paintings
陳相鋒 陳姿娟 (2012) 画室必備 – 中國画技法圖典 蔬果篇 湖北美術出版社
Gowing, Lawrence (1987), Paintings in the Louvre, Stewart, Tabori & Chang ISBN 1-55670-007-5
Rosenblum, Robert (1989) Paintings in The Musee D’Orsay, Stewart, Tabori & Chang ISBN 1-55670-099-7
French Painting from the Hermitage, Leningrad, Mid-19th to early 20th Century(1987), Aurora Art Publishers.