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Category: Landscapes of Asia Paintings

Smoky Clouds of Lofty Mountain
Landscape Wall Scroll


Smoky Clouds of Lofty Mountain - Landscape Wall Scroll
123.5cm
48½"
67cm
26¼"

Approximate Measurements

Painting: 49cm x 68cm  ≈  19¼" x 26¾"

Silk Scroll: 58cm x 123.5cm  ≈  22¾" x 48½"

Width at Wooden Knobs: 67cm  ≈  26¼"

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The Smoky Clouds of Lofty Mountain

Smoky Clouds of Lofty Mountain - Landscape Wall Scroll close up view

Close up view of the landscape artwork mounted to this silk brocade wall scroll

This depicts a scene in the rugged Sichuan Province of Southern China. The word "Sichuan" actually means "four rivers". This particular wall scroll shows "E Mei" or "Emei" mountain (in the title, the artist calls it "E Shan" (Lofty Mountain). Note that this Romanization might be confusing, the "E" alone is pronounced like the "oo" in the English word "oops".

The artist was born and lived his whole life in Sichuan, so if anybody knows the landscape of this province, it's him.

Note: Sichuan is the proper Romanization, but it's also been historically spelled "Szechwan" and "Szechuan" - especially in cooking.


This work was done in Chengdu by Huang Xin'an (Pronounced a little bit like "who-ong shin un") from the Sichuan (Szechwan) Province of China.

After I bought this work in Chengdu, I later returned to Beijing and had it mounted as a traditional hand-made silk scroll in our workshop. This makes a nice, ready-to-hang piece of wonderful hand-painted art.

Chinese artist Huang Xin'an

Huang Xin'an signing some of his work in Chengdu.


The story behind how I found this art...

I lost track of Huang Xin'an after my last trip to Chengdu. His phone number was out of order, and I was disappointed that I could not contact him to get more of his paintings.

I make the decision to go to Chengdu on my new art-buying trip mostly because of him.

After 15 hours on a slow train, I arrive in Chengdu. I check-in at Sam's Guesthouse (a hangout for backpackers from around the world, and a hostel with reasonably-priced beds). After a much-needed shower, I head out to find Huang Xin'an.

Taxis drive at the speed-of-light in Chengdu (the city boasts over 1000 fatal auto accidents per year), I arrive in no-time at the place I last found Mr. Huang. Sure enough, as I walk down the alley toward his gallery, he sees me and runs out to greet me. I'm really happy to see him, and the feeling is mutual.

Huang Xin-An

I tell him how I came to Chengdu just to buy art from him (after not being able to reach him on the phone). He is so honored that I think he wants to hug me. He offers me a chair, and says he's painted a lot of work over that last 9 months with both me and my customers in mind. I was also honored by this gesture. He shows me a lot of new work in styles that I like.

I spend 2 days with Mr. Huang and we talk about a lot of new ideas and artwork that I think my western customers will like. He offers to close his gallery for a few days, and paint the art that I asked for. So I took a few days to meet and visit other artists in Chengdu. When I return to Mr. Huang's gallery, I am not disappointed. He did such a great job, words can't describe.

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Gary's random little things about China:

Crossing the Street: Human Frogger in 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.

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