Painting: 68.7cm x 135.8cm ≈ 27" x 53½"
Silk Scroll: 78.8cm x 191.5cm ≈ 31" x 75¼"
Width at Wooden Knobs: 87.8cm ≈ 34½"Information about caring for your new Wall Scroll
Close up view of the artwork mounted to this silk brocade wall scroll
His real name was Zheng Xie, but everyone knows him as Zheng Banqiao. He was a Humble man from Jiangsu. While starting life poor, he eventually became a magistrate in Shandong province. After several years of this, he became disillusioned. He could not bring himself to mingle with (brown nose) high-ranking officials, and hated the hypocrisy inherent in the system.
At one point, he was widely criticized for building shelter for the homeless. It was the last straw, and he quickly resigned his post.
After his resignation, he dedicated himself to he artwork. He became known as one of the Eight Eccentrics of Yangzhou (you can replace "eccentrics" with "weirdos", as that's probably close to the meaning in Chinese). He often created paintings depicting orchids, bamboo, and stones. In 1748 he became the "official calligrapher and painter" for the Qianlong emperor. But this was a short-lived post.
If you are a little outside of normal by society's standards, but you dedicate yourself to do good, maybe Zheng Banqiao is your inspiration.
The artist's name is (Bei Bin) from near Jinan in the Shandong province of Northern China.
The artwork was painted in 2006 (yes, sometimes it takes us a while to mount, photograph, and list new artwork). It was mounted by hand to a silk brocade wall scroll at our workshop in Beijing.
This item was listed or modified
Feb 15th, 2014
Gary's random little things about China:
If you are from my generation, you may remember the video game called "Frogger". It involved crossing a busy road while narrowly dodging cars and truck, often both in front of and behind you at the same time.
Well you can play real live Frogger every time you cross the street in China. It is perfectly normal to cross a four or six-lane road, one lane at a time. You stand motionless on the white, dashed line between lanes as cars and trucks whiz by you on both sides with only inches to spare. When the next lane is clear, you advance (there is no retreat in this game, that could get you killed, since drivers in China would never expect that).
If you did this in America, drivers would come to a screeching halt and think you were crazy (they might even tell you so, using colorful words and hand gestures). It is simply a different culture, or rather a different way of doing things in modern Chinese culture.