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“Butterfly Dreams” Oil Painting by Wang Niandong
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This masterfully painted scene of a delicate young women lying on the floor with beautiful, colorful butterflies hovering near her. The simple white dress with the finely painted creases portrays an innocence and purity. Oil on canvas – Size: 49” x 61” (framed) 37 x 48” (unframed) (124.5 x 154.9 cm) A butterfly symbolizes freedom and beauty, born from a cocoon and ugliness; it symbolizes death and rebirth; body and soul; reality and dreams - The most significant symbol of a butterfly is the transformation: The ugly caterpillar changes from a cocoon and out of the cocoon breaks free the most beautiful, frail and dream-like creature! - This is the most magical transformation in life and of life. The caterpillar’s crude body symbolizes the real life; the butterfly’s lithe colored wings symbolize the spirit world. The real life is not always beautiful, but the spirit world is. - But the spirit can also be frail, like the butterfly and its wings. The spirit world carries an unconventional, sensitive and frail disposition. We need to carefully nurture and attend to it constantly. We need to protect it at times. We all know a man is never defeated unless his spirit is broken. - One of the most significant stories told by the founder of Taoism, Zhuangzi is the “Dream of Butterfly”. He dreamt of turning into a butterfly in his dream, when he woke up, he could not decide whether he was really a butterfly turned into a man or a man turned into a butterfly. How did he know his dream was not reality and his reality was not a dream? This is one of the most profound and disturbing questions a man could ask himself.


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