suspicious looking animals

One of my favorite classic Chinese painters is Bada Shanren (1626–1705) of the Ming dynasty. It’s not uncommon to depict animals in Chinese ink paintings but the animals in Bada Shanren’s paintings are unconventionally spirited. They are often slightly distorted and carry a look of mistrust.

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More about Bada Shanren and his paintings here.

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