Category: Asian Modern Art
For the best possible display, this portrait should be professionally framed.
A frame is not included with this artwork!
Painting: 33.3cm x 33.3cm ≈ 13" x 13"
Silk Border: 42.5cm x 42.5cm ≈ 16¾" x 16¾"Information about how this Asian painting is mounted
While this musical instrument has been around for almost 2000 years in China, this girl is obviously a bit younger.
This depicts a woman playing a traditional Chinese "pi pa" which is known as a lute in western countries.
Her two cats seem to enjoy the music as she sings and strums away into the evening while she awaits her husband's arrival.
In the background, a "double happiness" character hangs in the window. This is a famous symbol of a recent wedding in Chinese culture. We can presume she is a newlywed.
The woman's clothing suggests that she might be from the era of the Qing Dynasty (1616-1911).
The artist Mo Nong signing some of his artwork before I took it to my workshop for proper mounting.
This painting is not titled, but is signed by the artist, and authenticated with his red signature seal.
The artist goes by the name (Mo Nong).
He lives in Beijing, the capital city of China.
This general style of painting that falls between modern art and folk art is done by many artists in China. Once the last modern I worked with retired, it took years to find another that I was really happy with. Finally, in 2012, I walked into the studio of Mo Nong, and found what I was looking for. His variety of composition and painting style make all of these paintings instant classics.
The day I met Mo Nong in his studio in the Panjiayuan artist community of Beijing.
Mo Nong uses paint power and water (similar to gouache) to get vivid colors. This is applied to handmade xuan paper (often called rice paper, though there's no rice in it). When I took these painting to my workshop, they were mounted with a silk brocade border. This border can be used in lieu of matting when you frame this artwork.
This item was listed or modified
Jul 12th, 2016
Gary's random little things about China:
As the Chinese Government prepares Beijing for the 2008 Olympic Games, here are some related facts:
More than 200 new hotels are being built in Beijing.
Almost 100 miles of new subway and local transit rail lines are being laid.
Hundreds of miles of new and improved highways are being built.
Almost 100,000 billboard signs have been put up to encourage Chinese people to be friendly to foreigners (and to stop spitting in public).
Beijing taxi drivers have been ordered to learn basic landmark and navigational English.
From the construction associated with the 2008 Olympics, The Three-Gorges Dam project, and other construction in China, there is a worldwide shortage of concrete and steel.
Because of the Para-Olympics, all new subway lines in Beijing are incorporating elevators making Beijing more accessible to disabled people than ever before.
Beijing's skies are usually gray by nature. In years past, on the days when the clouds clear, the sky was brown with pollution.
But in preparations for the Olympics along with a new public enthusiasm for environmental issues, gross-polluting vehicles have been banned by the Chinese Government.
So for the last few years, when the clouds clear over Beijing, blue sky can be seen for the first time in decades.