The 2010 Peach Blossoms (Lot 20) is a masterpiece from Zhou's Peach Blossom series. Upon a canvas of impressive size, a fully blooming spring peach blossom surges forward, against the contrast of a perfect, azure sky. Exuding their symbolic allure, the peach blossoms – next to the clear creek and open field, the romance of spring abuzz in the air – overwhelm the viewer with charm and provocation. Peach Blossoms is a prime display of the artist's masterful fusion of Western expressionism and the qualities of Eastern literati art. In traditional Chinese painting, peach blossoms are symbols of the feminine and the delicate, and of desire. Zhou once expressed that the inspiration for his painting of peach blossoms came from his third wife, Shuang Shuang. He acknowledged that the image of the blossoms contained direct sexual connotations. According to the artist, "My paintings are all related to passion and romance. Desire is a component of being human, it's something innate. More importantly, our feelings and desire towards sex are a manifestation of vitality, and they symbolise a life in flourish."
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