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|112.||Warm Winter, original oil painting on canvas by Zhao Qian Xu (2002)
My eye was drawn to this painting, the first time that I saw it. The trees leaning, as if they have fought a harsh environment throughout their lives, and the green-grey colors give the forest a malevolent appearance, like a forest from some ghastly tale. But, then, we see the two gentle rabbits resting peacefully, in the foreground, and the contrast is even more apparent, in person, because they are actually quite large. Indeed, the little rabbits not only add contrast in their juxtaposition to the inhospitableness of the background, they also add color in the midst of the otherwise bleak colors.
Originally painted in the early 1990's [it's on the cover of a small book from 1994] with one bunny, Xu added a second one, in 2002, so he wouldn't be lonely. All in all, it is a playful, eye-catching, and thoughtful piece, like so many of Xu's works, which number in the hundreds. His paintings have been chosen for display by the Chinese Ministry of Culture, and he has won six national prizes in exhibitions.
|139.||Potted Flowers (small), watercolor still-life
Zhao Qian Xu (2007)
This still-life of potted flowers by Zhao Qian Xu is dazzling. The color composition is extremely thoughtful. The white flowers and the light blue background provide a perfect backdrop from which the beautiful oranges, yellows, and greens can burst from the page. The way that the bouquet fills out the center, reaching into all directions, gives the painting perfect balance. Its colors are so intensely bright, and it has such presence that it will light up any room.
Born in 1950, in Guangdong (Canton) Province, China, Zhao Qian Xu has painted more than 300 works, using oil, watercolor and other mediums. He is especially famous for his paintings of flowers. His work has been selected for display by the Chinese Ministry of Culture and has been collected internationally.
This is the smaller of two paintings, in our collection, with the same basic subject, but this one is slightly more abstract and the flowers are white; in the larger one, in our permanent collection, the flowers are yellow. I prefer this one, while Ayu's eye prefers the other.
|700.||Girl Playing Guitar, original oil
painting on canvas by Zhao Qian Xu (2007)
Although guitars are not a typical Chinese instrument, stringed instruments have been part of Chinese culture for centuries. In fact, we see Chinese string instrument quartet concerts, in the little park, in our neighborhood, every Sunday. In addition, since China has opened up to the rest of the world, over the last several decades, many young people, now, aspire to become rock stars.
This portrait is typical of Xu Zhao Qian's more loose abstract style, a style that he prefers over precise realism. The pastel colors make it pleasant to the eye, and the more abstract presentation, especially, in the background gives it a softness, echoing the soft, girlishness of the subject. It is a simply wonderful portrait.
|706.||Red Peonies, original oil painting on canvas by Zhao Qian Xu (2003)
Peonies are the China national flower. Over the last several years Zhao Qian Xu had been concentrating on painting flowers, although most of the paintings were watercolor. Thus, this oil painting of peonies is doubly exceptional. Moreover, most of the flower paintings that Xu has done were focused on the flowers and did not present them, in a scene, on a table, as he has, in this one.
The colors are vibrant with its blues and reds, and we think that it is a very beautiful and thoughtful work.
|186.||The Shepherd, original oil painting on canvas by Zhao Qian Xu (2008)
This is another in a series of paintings of the Zang minority (from Tibet) people that Xu did with dark backgrounds, like it's night time, yet there is light shining on the subject, which also seem somewhat ethereal as they blend into the background and have an almost ghost-like appearance.
We always appreciate scenes from the lives of the so-called Chinese minorities, which number in the fifties, as they show what life is really like, in the majority of China, today. We love the style that Xu has used in this series.
|Lotus Pond, original oil painting by Xu Zhao Qian||sold|
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