The painting inspired by a poem or vice versa

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The Dream of a Butterfly

Acrylic, Leaf on Canvas

30” x 40”


Corcoran Gallery of Art 2015

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The Dream of a Butterfly        Zhuangzi

Once upon a time, I, Zhuangzi, dreamt I was a butterfly, fluttering hither and thither, to all intents and purposes a butterfly.

I was conscious only of my happiness as a butterfly, unaware that I was Zhuangzi. Soon I awakened, and there I was, veritably myself again.

Now I do not know whether I was then a man dreaming I was a butterfly, or whether I am now a butterfly, dreaming I am a man.

Between a man and a butterfly there is necessarily a distinction. The transition is called the transformation of material things.  (As translated by Lin Yutang)