Oil on canvas
91 × 72.5 cm
The dream consists both of butterflies and men, but we do not know if the man turned into the butterfly, or vice versa. This is Zhuang Zhuo’s (莊周) poem, “Dream of Butterflies”. Hsu used this literature as inspiration, depicted two ladies with wings sitting or flying,flitting across the lotuses and flowers, dancing with the butterflies. Using light blue and green to create the feeling of a dream, Hsu also imparts plentiful matiere to the canvass, physically creating another depth to the work.