Category: Birds & Flowers Wall Scrolls & Paintings
Painting: 40.5cm x 50cm ≈ 16" x 19¾"
Silk Scroll: 50cm x 107cm ≈ 19¾" x 42"
Width at Wooden Knobs: 59cm ≈ 23¼"Information about caring for your new Wall Scroll
A great wall scroll featuring a bunch of peaches.
Qin Xia works diligently on all of her paintings to bring out even the finest detail.
Close up view of the artwork mounted to this silk brocade wall scroll
The title in Chinese is "Duo Fu Duo Shou".
A quick Chinese lesson for this title:
The word "Duo" means "much" or "many".
The word "Fu" means "good fortune, good luck, and blessings of happiness".
The word "Shou" means "long life" and "longevity".
If we directly translated this title, it would be, "Much Good Fortune/Happiness, Much Long Life". That sounds a little strange in English, and doesn't quite capture the meaning. So I refined it a little to the title you see at the top.
I got a chance to visit the artist's studio in Jinan city recently. 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
Sep 9th, 2010
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.