There are generally two categories in Chinese ancient paintings methodologically, one is hand-drawn Chinese paintings that are mounted into scrolls, the other is New Year paintings and engraved paintings that adopt block printing.
New Year painting was one of the most prevailing arts among Chinese folks. In old times, people stick New Year paintings（年画）, door god picture（门神） and New Year scrolls (春联) on the walls, as a way to welcome the up-coming spring and exorcize evils. The paintings would stay till the next year. However, few family stick New Year paintings nowadays, because the paintings do not fit the modern interior style any more, or people has changed perhaps. Door god picture, as a kind of New Year paintings, survives, and New Year scrolls is still popular too.
Thanks to New Year painting exhibition hosted by National Art Museum of China, we could have a glimpse at the traditional custom, as well as appreciate the unique Nian Wei（年味）, the atmosphere of Chinese Spring Festival brought by these paintings. Take a look.
The exhibition lasts from Feb 9th till 27th.
Pictures from National Art Museum of China.
Featuring a mother tiger and her child
Door god pictures, they are pasted on the front door to guide the family and drive away evils.
Featuring the Empty Fort Strategy, a story from Romance of the Three Kingdoms, one of Chinese Four Classic Novels.