This image is representative of the Chinese School of Art, which is characterized by exquisite, delicate imagery, subtlety and strength. China's numerous ruling dynasties and its three primary religions, Buddhism, Taoism and Confucianism, have powerfully influenced art styles and subjects. Nature is also a prevalent theme, and many critics exalt landscapes as the highest form of Chinese painting. Until artists began using oils in the 20th century, calligraphy or watercolors on silk or paper were the preferred mediums. Today, China has overtaken France as the world’s third largest art market and is one of the international art market’s most dynamic regions.