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Pavillon Aux Pivoines

The Peony Pavilion is a Chinese novel written in 1598 that is considered to be the Asian version of Romeo and Juliet. Cloistered in her palace, a young aristocratic girl, whose future depends on her parents' choice of a husband, wanders wistfully through the inner courtyard.  The flower gods were concerned about her fate and revealed a handsome man to her with whom she could finally taste spiritual and sensual gentleness. However, she realizes that it was only a dream when she wakes up in the garden gazebo.


This hand-painted wallpaper is the first panel in a series of six. Entitled " Visiting the Garden ", it presents the setting of the garden in which the story takes place. This Chinese garden evokes what English gardens would later become, with exuberant flowers and fantastic animals, in a typically Chinese magical universe


Dimensions of the panel : 65 x 125 cm (25.6 x 49.2 inches)

Chinese watercolor on rice paper

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