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Chinese Huxian Folk Painting Of Children

Chinese Huxian Folk Painting Of Children


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Directory: Popular Collectibles: Cultural: Chinese: Pre 1990: Item # 677672

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In a folk painting from Huxian County, Shaanxi Province, two charming little girls are seen from the back as they walk to school. One of them appears to be whispering a secret to her friend. Gouache on paper, the painting is unsigned, as is typical for such folk pieces. Huxian (Huhsien) was China's first peasant painting community, established in 1958 in a rural region about an hour's drive outside the city of Xian. From Huxian the peasant painting movement spread across China and by 1989 there were 51 such communities. (See "The Best in Modern Chinese Folk Painting" Foreign Language Press, Beijing, 1989.) We first visited Huxian in 1991 while on an exchange program in Xian, and after meeting the painters and visiting their homes, we became intrigued by their paintings of rural life. Subsequently, we visited a number of other remote painting communities. Style, technique and quality varied wildly among painters and regions but each openly offered a friendly inside look at local life. Some of the communities and individual peasants benefited when, during the Cultural Revolution, trained fine artists from urban areas were sent to the country to live in the painters' villages. When their coaching was absorbed and merged with naive style, the result often was marvelous interpretations of country life. The paintings usually were idealized--happy workers, colorful clothing--but had great folk appeal. Unfortunately, after the paintings became more widely recognized, they were copied over and over, lost their verve and were sold as authentic in tourist stores throughout China. We purchased this painting from its peasant creator in Huxian in 1991. It is matted and is in excellent condition. Dimensions: height 31-1/2" (80 cm), width 22-3/4" (58 cm). SEE MORE ITEMS IN OUR COLLECTION AT WWW.SILKROAD1.COM