Pu Hui Painting: Wang Shu Hua 王树花
Cultural Heritage

Pu hui posters are unique to Gaomi, Shandong Province and are influenced by the half-drawn, half-printed folk art technique and wood-block New Year posters. The ability to produce multiple prints at once makes pu hui a highly efficient art form (Xianrang and Yang 203).

Although the craft is not as popular as it used to be, paintings themed after family lineage and the God of Fortune remain very popular. The most meaningful of pu hui topics is the lineage painting that details generations of family history. Many lineage paintings detail family names within a courtyard illustration, symbolic of a proper dwelling place.

Wang’s pu hui works are highly symbolic. The symbolism within a work is relevant to its purpose as decoration. A painting of a baby boy riding a qiling (a mythical animal that looks like a horse with antlers), for instance, symbolizes fertility, and is given to newlyweds to hang over the bed. A painting of two young women walking together also ties into the importance of family. When two sons from the same family marry, the painting symbolizes the good-fortune of the new daughters-in-law to get along with each other and maintain peace in the family.