Taohuawu New Year Pictures of Suzhou
Taohuawu New Year Pictures originated in the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644). They had long been popular across Southeast Asia and greatly influenced Japanese Yamato-e. Simultaneously influenced by illustrations of traditional engravings and European etchings in early times, Taohuawu New Year Pictures stressed perspective drawing and an exquisite style. The later color technology of relief carving was well composed with flawless drawings and carvings. As dominant colors, vivid yet elegant pink and pinkish green embodied the strong folk flavor of areas south of the lower reaches of the Yangtze River. The subjects refer to folk deities, cute babies and beauties, daily life, sceneries of mountains and rivers, flowers and fruits, etc.