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18 Gorgeous Free Vintage Peony Paintings For Art Lovers

Immerse yourself in the enchanting world of peony paintings and illustrations, where the beauty of nature is captured in every stroke.

My lifelong fascination with peonies, especially the large, vibrant pink peonies, has inspired me to curate this breathtaking collection of vintage botanical illustrations and paintings. These artworks, featuring the elegant white peony, the bold red peony, and peonies in different colours, are copyright-free and printable, making them perfect for various uses.

Growing up in Hong Kong, I was surrounded by the stunning beauty of peony flowers, a staple in Chinese art and culture. These flowers, celebrated in watercolor paper creations and still-life paintings, are more than just a visual treat; they are a symbol of grace and elegance. This collection is a homage to my favourite flowers, showcasing their full bloom in exquisite detail.

Ideal for art enthusiasts, interior decorators, or anyone who appreciates the delicate allure of white flowers and the vibrant life of peonies, these artworks are perfect for enhancing the ambience of your living room or adding a touch of elegance to your gallery wall. Dive into this collection and let the timeless beauty of these botanical illustrations transform your space.

free vintage peony paintings

To download a peony painting click on the highlighted title above the one you want. A higher-resolution image will open in a new browser, and you can save or print it.

Print 1. Anna Munthe Norstedt Still Life Peony

This is a gorgeous still-life painting of a single Peony by Anna Munthe Norstedt.  Anna was a Swedish painter known for her still life in oils.

Vintage peony painting

2. Yun Shouping – 17th Century Peony

This is a 17th-century ink painting of a Peony by the Chinese Artist Yun Shouping.  I love all the Chinese calligraphy on the edge of the painting.

Chinese painting of a peony

3. More Yon Shouping Peonies

More Peonies from the 17th Century Chinese painting Yon Shouping.  This time there are three beautiful peonies in 3 different colours red, purple and white.

Chinese painting of peonies 17th century

4. Giuseppe Castiglione Peonies in Vase

Another painting from China.  This time an 18th Century painting of peonies in ink on silk by Giuseppe Castiglione.  Giuseppe was an Italian Jesuit that served as a painter in the court of three Chinese Emperors.

Pink peonies in vase

5. Two Purple Peonies – Shibata Zeshin

This is a Japanese woodblock print by Shibata Zeshin from the 1880s. Shibata was a 19th- Century Japanese lacquer, painter and printmaker.

Immerse yourself in the graceful world of peonies with this stunning collection of public domain paintings and illustrations. Add a floral flourish to your home, classroom, or creative projects. Free to print and perfect for peony enthusiasts.

6. Variegated Peony – Shibata Zeshin

Another woodblock Peony print by Shibata Zeshin from the 1880s. This time the peonies are variegated pink and red.

Japanese woodblock of peonies

7. Tree Peony 1801

This lovely tree peony botanical illustration was by the French botanical artist Pierre-Joseph Redoute in 1801.

Pierre-Joseph Redoute Peony painting

8. Peony 1868 Abraham Wendel

This is a lovely tree peony painted by the Dutch botanical artist Abraham Jacobus Wendel in 1868.

vintage Peony painting and illustration

9. Red Peony Painting – 1918

This gorgeous red peony painting is from Curtis’s Botanical Magazine 1918.

I used this peony for my decoupage bauble decorations.

red peony botanical illustration

10. MacKintosh Peonies

A 1920 painting of Peonies by the famous Art Nouveau Scottish Artist Charles Rennie Mackintosh.

Peonies by Charles Rennie Mackintosh

11. Japanese Peonies

Oil painting on card of Japanese peonies, by Lawrence Alma-Tadema.

12. Peony with Other Flowers

Watercolour painting of peony with other flowers by William Thackara 180.

watercolour painting of peony with other flowers

13. Yaun Dynasty Peonies

In China, the peony is considered the Queen of Flowers, representing the late spring season. The shrubs of this tree peony are in full bloom, blossoming in various colors. Peony paintings were popular from the Southern Song period to the Ming dynasty. The large scale of this decorative scroll suggests that it may have been hung in a reception hall, conveying good wishes for wealth and prosperity.

Chinese Yuan Dynasty peonies

14. Qing Dynasty Peony

A red peony painted by Jiang Tingxi and from the collection of the Palace Museum in the Forbidden City, China.

Qing Dynasty Peony

15. Japanese Woodblock Peony

These large beautiful peony is featured in one of Ohara Koson’s bird paintings of a nightingale.

Siberian blue nightingale and peony

Print 16: Kono Bairei

From Kono Bairei’s Japanese bird and flowers paintings, peonies and silver pheasants.

Kono Bairei Print Peonies and Silver Pheasants

Print 17: Pink Peony

This pink peony is from Joseph Paxton’s Flower Garden.

Peony from Paxton's Flower Garden

18. Watercolour Peony Painting

This beautiful female peony is from the book “A Curious Herbal” by Elizabeth Blackwell.

Botanical Elizabeth Blackwell Female Peony

Other Botanical Paintings & Illustrations

Don’t forget to check out the many other vintage botanicals featured on the site. These include other showy flowers such as roses and chrysanthemums.

A collection of these vintage peony paintings would look fabulous on a gallery wall.  I love peonies so much that I make my own in various colours from crepe paper.  

There are some excellent vintage lily drawings and illustrations here that you will probably love, or these lovely passion flower drawings, hibiscus flowers and these cherry blossom drawings.

You should check out some of my other botanical posts if you liked this post.
Natural History Posters of Adolphe Millot
10 Beautiful Cactus Paintings
Woodland Vintage Botanical Images 

Vintage peony paintings and illustrations

Ann Homer

Wednesday 24th of May 2023

Thank you so very much for sharing these gorgeous prints with us. I love peonies, and all of these are absolutely stunning!!


Wednesday 24th of May 2023

Thank you! That is lovely to hear that you are enjoying them.

Susan konkle

Friday 27th of May 2022

Beautiful flowers. My sister loves peonies


Tuesday 31st of May 2022

Thank you, me too!

Katie Cautela

Saturday 6th of November 2021

Your website is fabulous. I have been looking at it every evening after work. It inspires me. Thank you!


Monday 8th of November 2021

Thank you, that is lovely to hear.

mark smith

Sunday 3rd of November 2019

Thank you for the beautiful and historical flora and fauna. I love this stuff.


Sunday 3rd of November 2019

Thank you so much, there will be lots for to come.

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