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Category: South Chinese Folk Art Paintings & Batiks

Packed Pig Pen
China Peasant Art


Packed Pig Pen - China Peasant Art
51cm
20"
36.2cm
14¼"
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Approximate Measurements

36.2cm x 51cm  ≈  14¼" x 20"

豬滿圈

Packed Pig Pen

This painting depicts a pen full of fat swine eating slop. Character by character, the Chinese title literally means, "hogs/pigs/swine filled/packed pen/enclosure".


About the artist...

This painting is by a man named cáoquántáng (Cao Quan-Tang).

Chinese Folk Artist Cao Quan-Tang in his village

Cao Quan-Tang passes on his
artistic talents to his son.

Cao Quan-Tang is from a village called "Qindu" in Huxian County of Shaanxi Province in Southern China. He was born in 1957 and has been painting since he was 15 years old. He was a struggling peasant artist until the mid-1980's when a revival of folk art began in China, and his work received many awards and acclaim. Some of his painting have achieved top honors at international art exhibitions.

According to Cao Quan-Tang, his paintings all represent experiences in his life as he grew up surrounding by village life in the middle of China.

Famous Asian folk art creator, Cao Quan-Tang and his family

The whole Cao family.


About the Painting itself...

The artist used "shui fen" (paint powder and water - similar to gouache), on thick paper to create this painting.

If you get a piece of mat board cut for you, this Chinese painting will fit nicely in a standard 18" x 24" frame. If you want really wide matting, you could even use a 22" x 28" standard picture frame. You should probably get the matting cut professionally, but you can probably handle the rest yourself. Please see our step by step guide to framing Asian art if you want some tips.


About Chinese Folk Art and its History...

This style of folk art was born in the 1950's just after the Revolution (when Chairman Mao took power). The art developed independently in Huxian (Hu County) in the Shaanxi Province for many years (the same Province where you will find the Terracotta Soldiers).

Things changed drastically when the Cultural Revolution came to pass in China. Within a few years, art was only acceptable if it portrayed some form of socialist propaganda, or showed some form of working together in pursuit of Mao's Communist ideals. This propaganda art seldom provided any pay for the artist who were instead forced into working hard in the fields as peasants on communal farms to survive.

Chairman Mao

As the last of the Cultural Revolution sputtered to a stop with the death of Chairman Mao in 1976, freedom began to slowly ring again when Deng Xiao-Ping took power. Deng Xiao-Ping brought China out of the dark ages, and away from "Maoism" and Communism (one of the greatest leaders in Chinese history in my humble opinion). By the 1980's, freedom to once again practice 3000 years of artistic tradition emerged. Chinese folk art was finally allowed to be what it was meant to be, a way to freely express various scenes of daily life and snapshots of Chinese village culture.

Stamp set of folk artists issued by the Chinese post office.

Chinese Folk Art Today

According to Chinese Government statistics, there are now more than 2000 folk artists in Southern China. Sixteen of these artists have been recognized as the "Famous Masters" of Chinese folk art by the Chinese Cultural Arts Bureau. These sixteen artists were recently honored by China Post with the issuing of a set of commemorative postage stamps. Of these sixteen masters, we represent three of them: Pan Xiao-Ling, Cao Quan-Tang, and Zhang Qing-Yi.

A lot has changed in the folk art community of China since I first started selling these paintings about 4 years ago.

Chinese folk artists have become rather famous, and sought after for exhibitions around the world. Recently these artists formed a labor union of sorts, to ensure that they receive a handsome sum for all of their paintings. Most of them have been able to improve their station in life through the sale of their artwork. One of these artists once said, "We've become good little capitalists, just like President Nixon dreamed of".

Chinese Folk Artist Envelope

On my last trip to buy more Chinese folk art,
Cao Quan-Tang gave me this signed special-edition
envelope with his commemorative stamp attached.

This item was listed or modified
Dec 4th, 2012

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Gary's random little things about China:

Where's my soy sauce?

When you sit down to eat at a restaurant in China, you will almost never see a bottle of soy sauce on the table like you might at a Chinese restaurant in the USA or UK.
In Chinese cooking culture, soy sauce is a seasoning reserved for use in the kitchen.
The fact that soy sauce can be found at Chinese restaurants outside of China probably comes from the confusion between Japanese food and Chinese food.
The most popular Japanese food outside of Japan is sushi, which of course is always served with soy sauce and is the most likely cause of the confusion.

Typical Gallery Price: $90.00

$38.88

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