Category: Birds & Flowers Wall Scrolls & Paintings
For the best possible display, this portrait should be professionally framed.
A frame is not included with this artwork!
Painting: 40.5cm x 51cm ≈ 16" x 20"
Silk Border: 50.5cm x 61cm ≈ 19¾" x 24"Information about how this Asian painting is mounted
This is an interesting painting that shows a group of peaches as they become ripe. The peaches in the background are painted a few shades more faint than the ones in the foreground to give this painting a nice, almost three-dimensional feel.
The title in Chinese is "Duo Fu Duo Shou".
Directly translating each of the Chinese words in this title:
Duo = Much / Many
Fu = Good Fortune and Luck
Duo = Much / Many
Shou = Long Life / Longevity
Qin Xia works diligently on
all of her paintings to bring
out even the finest detail.
I got to visit the artist's studio in Jinan city in 2004, 2005, and 2007. I am so impressed by her style and detail in all of the paintings in her collection. I bought as much of her work as I could possibly afford, and I am sure that I will be back for more in a few months.
I also discovered that because she more than a little famous in China, there are a lot of forgeries on the market. I was given a lesson on how to spot forged paintings that are signed with her name. Of course, the best way to avoid that is to get your work directly from the artist and her family, which is why I made the trip to Jinan in the first place.
Her finished work
is always beautiful.
The artist, Qin Xia lives in Jinan which is the capital city of Shandong Province in northern China.
The red stamp and the Chinese characters close to the stamp say "Qin Xia" (the artist's signature). The other Chinese characters express the title and year painted (2008) in an ancient method that uses certain Chinese characters instead of numbers to represent the current year.
This is an "elaborate style painting" which has a lot of detail and uses a delicate technique with a very fine brush.
Each stroke is meticulously applied. This technique takes a long time for the artist to complete.
This is painted on special xuan paper (known by most as "rice paper") with Chinese black ink and watercolors. Later, I took this painting to Beijing where our master-scroll-maker handbuilt a wonderful silk scroll for this artwork.
This item was listed or modified
Aug 6th, 2012
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.