Cranes Flying Around Clouds

Zhang Xiufang2007

China Paper Cutting Museum

China Paper Cutting Museum
Yangzhou, China

In a composition consisting of evenly-arranged elements ending up with liveliness, this piece shows a perfect integration of application of multiple cutting skills with the subject. While illustrating the cranes with blocks or planes, the artisan adopted continuous lines as thin as hair to depict the clouds, creating an interesting contrast between lines and planes. Thanks to the artisan’s ingenious cutting skills, the cranes are so life-like that as if flying around the clouds, which look so light as a result of the curvy, flowing lines that they seem to be afloat.


  • Title: Cranes Flying Around Clouds
  • Creator: Zhang Xiufang
  • Date: 2007
  • Type: Paper Cutting
  • Creator's dates: 1943.12—

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