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I came across a nice butterfly tree painting and I am trying to learn as much about it as i can.

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The signature and the seal are both "煥乎" (huàn hū) meaning "brilliant", possibly originating from The Analects "煥乎其有文章". The seal uses a non-standard form of the character 煥, replacing the radical 廾 (in seal script) with the 火 radical, effectively contracting the character.


After @dROOOze pointed it out, I took a closer look at the second character (on the left), and it should indeed be 平 (píng) instead of 乎. In that case, the word is probably not a classical allusion, but simply the name of the painter. In fact, I seem to have found another piece from the same painter on ebay, where the same seal is used. The listing confirms the name 焕平.

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  • thank you so much
    – Mike Scott
    Jun 18, 2022 at 5:10
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    The character on the left is 平 rather than 乎
    – dROOOze
    Jun 19, 2022 at 8:52
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    @dROOOze Looking closer, I agree with you. I will update the answer.
    – Elliot Yu
    Jun 20, 2022 at 14:43

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