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Tea Flowers on Linen: Xiang Xiu style hand embroidered still life
This floral design, showing a branch of a tea bush, is typically Chinese, done in that traditional minimalist style, yet there is nothing minimalistic about the detailed needle work that has gone into making the plush flowers, branches and leaves. The flowers are brimming with ruffled petals in a style that might remind you of a fine oriental carpet but with even more texture, depth and detail. The background for the piece is a piece of fine thick linen to give an even more rich look. The signatures, in Chinese characters, are by the artist, the studio where the artist works, and the name of the work. It is a lovely piece that, although traditional Chinese, can fit in perfectly with many decorative themes. The frame is also quite decorative and is composed of walnut shell slices sandwiched between slats of wood, which is another common medium of oriental art. Framed and matted under glass, 60 x 60 cm (shipped minus the glass).
To see more of the Xiangxiu embroidery art, included in the Leona Craig Art Gallery, online, please visit the Xiangxiu Embroidery Page.
Reclining Nude (2), original oil painting by Zhao Bao Cheng
To see more of the art of Zhao Bao Cheng, included in the Leona Craig Art Gallery, on-line, please, visit the Zhao Bao Cheng Pages.
Wild Horses: original oil painting on canvas by Mu Yang Shen
This dynamic and expansive outdoor scene is reminiscent of the sweeping landscapes of the western United States painted by the 19th century German-American artist Albert Bierstadt from the Hudson River School. At first, you are caught up in the frenzy of the horses stampeding out of the frame, kicking up clouds of dust that stretch back over the distant plain. As your eye trails back over the herd, it is soothed by the winding stream that meanders off into the distance to the peaceful and majestic snow-capped mountains, framing the background. In this magnificent landscape, measuring 154 by 160 cm, Shen has captured both the power and the tranquility of nature, juxtaposed in a manner that is both breathtaking and grand. Shen is famous for his landscape paintings, and the subjects of his landscapes are always beautiful and thoughtful. What makes this one special is not only the larger size but also the infusion of life and dynamism with this herd of wild horses. In fact, Shen is also famous for his horse paintings with a smaller painting of a polo game in the mountains having recently sold at auction for just under $10,000. Out of all of the paintings by Shen that we have seen, this is one of the best.
We offer other paintings by Mu Yang Shen, in the Leona Craig Catalogue Art Gallery. Just click on: Mu Yang Shen Page.
Ship Aground: original oil painting on canvas by Jian Bai Xu (1956)
This is a lovely painting of a ship gone aground. The sky is foreboding, so, perhaps, the ship has been purposely grounded because a typhoon is in the offing, as is often the custom, here, in South China. The mix of bright colors, even in the sky, makes it really catch the eye. Even in this mix of many colors, you can still see the reflection of the ship in the standing water beneath it. Jian Bai Xu (Xu Jian Bai) has been one of the great painters of China for the last half century. Having studied under Feng Mian Lin, in the 1940's, at the Chongqing National Art Institute and, later, in the U.S., she embarked on a prolific career. It was a time when China was still open to Western influence, and, as an instructor, Lin emphasized that art was not about painting pretty pictures but was about emotion, impression, truth. Many of her paintings have the quality and style of the great Impressionists, like Van Gogh, Monet, and Degas: this one being a perfect example.
We offer a number of works by Jian Bai Xu, in the Leona Craig Art Gallery online. To view them all, just click on: Jian Bai Xu Page
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Mining Town: original oil painting by Xue Sheng Tan (1984)
I love the soft pastel colors that Xue Sheng Tan was partial to in the middle of his career, in the 1980's. They are always soft soothing pastels, which make his paintings from that period so inviting.
Trained by the Chinese impressionist, Feng Mian Lin (Lin Feng Mian), in the early half of the 20th century, Tan's paintings always tend to have an impressionistic feeling. I especially loved this one with a mining town, nestled at the foot of the mine mountain.
To see more of the art of Xue Sheng Tan, included in the Leona Craig Art Gallery on-line, please, visit the Xue Sheng Tan Page.
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