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Huxian Painting (Chinese Peasantry Art) - # 1

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Directory: Fine Art: Paintings: Pre 1990: Item # 274662

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Huxian Peasant paintings came from Huxian, Shaanxi Province, China, a town near Xi’an, the site of Terra Cotta soldiers. The style is said to be originated from the late 1950s when Hu township peasants built a new reservoir and began to paint the work in progress in order to record this work. These first peasant paintings did not even have proper paints - soot, lime and the red soil of the area were used to make paint. During the Cultural Revolution, Huxian paintings were shown abroad to prove to the outside world that common, ordinary farmers could produce works of art. The subject matter often depicts everyday life; mostly have to do with work and play. Today, Huxian peasant paintings have become a unique folk art form that has been treasured by not only Chinese but Westerners for its primitive, vibrant, truthful, and animated depiction of Chinese ordinary farm life. Each painting is done by hand. This painting is titled “Cutting Grass”, and is depicting the harvesting season. Author’s name is Cao Jin Dang. Size: 20.5” by 14.5”.