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Catalogue Number   Price   Approximate size Button
Lotus Pond, painting by Jian Bai Xu 619. Lotus Pond: original oil painting on canvas by Jian Bai Xu (1979)

The European impressionists borrowed from Eastern art in creating theirs.  Thus, turnabout is fair play, and we can safely say that, although trained by Lin Feng Mian, in an impressionist tradition, she was not trying to copy Monet when she did this painting: it is, invariably, a Chinese theme: lotus flowers, the water lilies of the East, especially, in the South of China where she and we are living.

The colors and the presentation are wonderful, and the impression is somewhere between East and West.
  $   38x53cm  
Sea break and Reef, painting by Jian Bai Xu 689. Sea Break and Reef: original oil painting on canvas by Jian Bai Xu (1964)

The shores in China tend to be rocky as the sea receded from the Chinese mountains millions of years ago, and mountain rocks and little lislands, still underwater, are what remains today.

It is a beautiful seascape with its focus on the typical rocky shore and sail boats on the horizon.
  $   43x77cm  
Pinnacle, painting by Jian Bai Xu 155. Pinnacle: original oil painting by Jian Bai Xu (1982)

This is truly Chinese impressionism.  The colors and style are mostly impressionistic, but the misty mountain background presentation is pure traditional Chinese painting genre.  It is a blending of old and new.
  $   51x36cm  
Ship Aground, painting by Jian Bai Xu 105.  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 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. The painting measures 71 cm by 49.5 cm.  It will be dismantled and rolled for shipping.  Please call or email for further details and about shipping arrangements.
  $   71x49.5 cm Call or
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Zang Man, portrait painting by Jian Bai Xu 172. Portrait of a Zang Man: original oil painting on canvas by Jian Bai Xu, 1955

In our minds, some portraiture throughout art history had a contrived feel.  We realize that that is so because art was a chronicle and because people are vain.  The wonderful thing about the great impressionist movement, in art, was that contrivance was replaced with more honesty.  In this painting of a man from the so-called Zang minority of China, who live in Sichuan and in the area around the Tibetan plateau, we see a real person.  Like in most of the genre of portraiture from impressionist artists, it does not look posed or contrived.  It simply looks like the artist has snapped a photograph of a man unaware that his picture was being taken.  He just looks like he is sitting somewhere, lost in thought.  It even gives one the impression that he is tired and just taking a rest to sit and think something out or just to be lost in his own thoughts for awhile.

Jian Bai Xu is one of the great Chinese impressionist artists who began painting in the 1940's. 
  $10,000   25x20cm  
The Domestic, portrait painting by Jian Bai Xu 183.  The Domestic: original oil painting portrait by Jian Bai Xu (1958)

Young girls have always been the mainstay of domestic help, no matter what century, no matter what country.  This is a window through time to see what domestic help, in China, the folks, not the gentry, looked like during a time when China was shut off from the rest of the world, in the 1950's.  She has a stern, perhaps untrusting, look, in her eyes, yet her attempt at sternness cannot hide the fact that she is a pretty, young girl, not yet a woman.

She is also wearing what appears to be the traditional female Chinese dress from that era, the Qi Pao Dress.  Her hair is tied back, in a ponytail, a style that is much a part of China, even today.  It is a simple, small but beautiful portrait, done in the mid-1900's impressionist style that Jian Bai Xu displays in many of her paintings.  It is both a slice of life and a slice of Chinese modern art, in the middle of the 20th century, to be hung upon your wall.
  $   28x19cm  
We have other works by Jian Bai Xu, in our gallery, which are not displayed in our on-line gallery.  If you are interested in seeing more of her works, please contact us by phone or by email, and will will forward more of her works to you by email. Office: 086 20 83600764; clm@leonacraig.com
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