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Original Chinese Huxian Folk Painting

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Original Chinese Huxian Folk Painting
The vibrant colors in this original Chinese folk painting celebrate two beloved symbols— lotus, emblem of summer and fruitfulness, and ducks, emblems of felicity and joy. Used for centuries across Asia, these symbols are among those found in ancient Buddhist, Taoist and Hindu texts as well as in both antique and contemporary fine art and folk art. This large gouache on paper painting originated in Huxian County, a rural area in Shaanxi Province, where the first Chinese peasant painting community was established in 1958. More than 50 such art groups, referred to as “peasant painters,” were later formed in country villages across China. During the Cultural Revolution, fine artists from the cities were sent to these rural communities, and their coaching of the country painters merged with the naïve style to produce some marvelous interpretations of Chinese provincial life and beliefs. (For examples of paintings from many of these communities, see “The Best in Modern Chinese Folk Painting,” Foreign Language Press, Beijing, 1989.) We purchased this painting in 1991 in Huxian while living in nearby Xian during a university exchange program. Copies and prints of peasant paintings that now are sold in tourist shops in China unfortunately are pale representations without the textures and life or the originals. This piece is matted and is in excellent condition. (Low shipping cost is possible by removing mat and shipping in a tube.) Dimensions: height 20” (51 cm); width 29 ½” (75 cm). SEE MORE TEMS IN OUR COLLECTION AT WWW.SILKROAD1.COM

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