Also 41 (know) as "paper paintings" and "painted pictures", New Year paintings are 42 unique art form in Chinese folk culture. The paintings are called "New Year paintings" because they are 43 (most) posted during the Chinese New Year holiday 44 decoration and they are also a symbol of New Year’s greetings.
New Year paintings 45 (appear) around the Tang dynasty, replacing the previous door pictures 46 (feature) the gods believed to be able to protect the residents and drive away ghosts. In the Song dynasty, New Year paintings were created on a large scale. With the advancement of printing technology, the content and forms of New Year paintings became 47 (diversity). The development of the paintings matured in the Ming and Qing dynasties, 48 the art hit its heyday(全盛期).
Traditional printing 49 (method) of New Year paintings include woodblock printing, stone-block printing, offset(胶印) printing, traditional Chinese painting, watercolor painting and sketches etc. Woodblock printed New Year paintings 50 (be) the most popular and interesting ones.