Category: Birds & Flowers Wall Scrolls & Paintings
Painting: 50.3cm x 115.2cm ≈ 19¾" x 45¼"
Silk Scroll: 59.6cm x 171cm ≈ 23½" x 67¼"
Width at Wooden Knobs: 68.6cm ≈ 27"Information about caring for your new Wall Scroll
A great traditional handmade wall scroll.
Close up view of the artwork mounted to this silk brocade wall scroll
This piece was painted by Yang De-Wen. The Chinese characters express a title (which translates as, "Harvest Time"), and the artist's signature.
This was painted on xuan paper (rice paper). The artist used a combination of black Chinese ink and watercolor paints mixed with water and alcohol to create various shades.
I then took the painting with me back to our studio in Beijing where our master-scroll-maker mounted it to a high-quality silk wall scroll.
Yang De-Wen puts the final touches on his work.
I met this artist, in the middle of a 4000+ mile trip across Asia that started in South Korea, went through a wintertime Inner Mongolia, and throughout Southern China.
Cat was desperate to get out of the cold Beijing Winter, and gladly joins me en-route to Inner Mongolia, which is actually much colder than Beijing but she knows the trip will soon head south to warmer climates.
Trains in this region take days to go from Inner Mongolia to Southern China, so there are a lot of stops along the way. About 30 hours cooped up in a Chinese "K-Train" is all that I can stand, so every 15-30 hours, we get off the train and go exploring the nearest town, wherever the train happens to stop in the morning. Days later, we get back on another train and do it all over again.
After 10 days of this, the train stops in Chengdu, a good-sized city in the Sichuan Province of China. This is my third time to visit Chengdu city, and it has a large artistic community that seems to grow every time I return.
After visiting my old artist friends in Chengdu and buying up every painting that caught my eye, we head out to find artists that I may have missed before.
Many artists have opened little studios since my last visit. One of those studios belongs to Yang De-Wen.
Arriving at the doorway of the studio, I see a great collection of plum blossoms, bamboo, chrysanthemum, and Orchid artwork inside. As my eye follows the artwork on the wall around the room, my attention is interrupted as I notice a little girl standing and smiling at me. Next to her I see a little boy who is dead-asleep face-down on top of a table with his legs dangling off the edge. The little boy's pants are well on their way to falling down. It is one of those weird moments: Surrounded by beautiful art, and greeted by the smile of a cute little girl, while also being "mooned" as the little boy loses his pants completely in his slumber.
Young granddaughter watches her
grandfather's careful and meticulous work.
Just then an older woman welcomes me to take a closer look at the art as the girl attempts to pull the little boy's pants back up. As I begin to take a look at the art, the little girl pushes the boy all the way onto the table to finish his nap.
I ask who the artist is, am told by the lady, "ta shi wo de ai-ren" (he is my husband - or literally "my loved one"). She quickly hands me a brochure that tells of the artist's exploits...
Yang De-Wen was born in 1947 in Chong Qing (Chung King) and has spent the last 30+ years as a professional artist.
After attending the Sichuan College of Arts, and learning all that he could from his professors, he went on to develop his artistic talents, abilities, and style.
He believes that nature has rhythm and he tries with every brush stroke to capture the verve and vitality of nature.
(This is what Cat and I translated from the artist's brochure).
The artist with his wife and grandchildren.
Cat and I are the ones in the middle.
As Cat reads the brochure out loud to me (my Chinese reading ability is only so-so), the artist himself walks in, as Cat finishes, and says in response, "I feel that nature is often asymmetrical but at the same time, nature is balanced, that is what I hope you will find in my paintings".
We shook hands and exchanged pleasantries and introductions. The his wife tells me that the little boy and girl are their grandchildren, and they take care of them during the day while the parents are at work.
I explain what I do selling art all over the world on the internet. We have a long conversation about customers and the business, and what kind of artwork people enjoy, and why.
After that, he shows me a stack of new paintings that he's been working on for the last few weeks. I pick out many that I like, and he offers to paint more for me, if I can just stay a week or so in Chengdu. I change my plans (not that I actually had a plan) and agree to stay for several days. I know it will be worth it for the quality of art that this man can produce.
Returning all those days later I find that he has indeed created several more paintings for me.
We say our good byes with a promise to come again next time I come to Chengdu.
This item was listed or modified
Apr 13th, 2009
Gary's random little things about China:
Everyone is going to hate me for this, but here is the truth:
Some people who currently prefer to call themselves "Asian-Americans" woke up one morning and decided that "Oriental" is now a word to be used only for Oriental rugs, Oriental art and lamps, or any other inanimate object from Eastern Asia.
When I was teaching English in China, many of my students would refer to themselves as "Oriental", and I would correct them and say, It's better to say that you are Asian or Chinese rather than Oriental, but I was at a loss as to explain why.
My Chinese students were very smart, and came back at me with the fact that being from Asia was too broad a term, and asked if Persians and Saudi Arabians should also refer to themselves as "Asian".
I then had to make excuses for my geographically-challenged fellow Americans* who had long ago replaced the correct term of "Oriental" (meaning the bio-geographic region including southern Asia and the Malay Archipelago as far as the Philippines, Borneo and Java), and replaced it with "Asian" which in truth encompasses half the world's population - many of whom do not consider themselves to be of the same race as those from the Orient.
(For those Americans reading this and who've slept through their high school geography class: It's true, the whole Middle East, and half of Russia are located in the Asian continent)
But I admit I am not helping the problem. You see, almost half the people that find our website did so while searching for "Asian art" and I have done a lot to promote our business as "Purveyors of Asian art". So you can blame me too.
To truly be an Asian art gallery, we would have to offer artwork from beyond the Orient, from places like India, Persia (Iran), most Arab nations, and Russia.
There are a lot of things that present problems in the English language.
Usually these problems are thanks to mistakes of the past.
That's why we have to say, "He's an Indian from India" versus "He's a Native-American Indian" (Thanks to Mr. Columbus).
Things to learn:
Do not refer to a Persian (Iranian) as Arab.
If you refer to an Arab-American as being Asian, they will look at you funny and possibly be offended.
If you refer to a person from India as Asian, you will mildly amuse them.
If you refer to a Russian as being Asian, they will pour borsch on you (my ex-wife is Russian, so I know this to be true from experience).
Using "Asian" to refer to a person from Singapore is okay, but they will later, as if by accident, mention that they are in fact from the most civilized country in Asia.
*We citizens of the USA call ourselves "Americans" which seems a bit arrogant to our neighbors who reside on the continents of North and South America. Keep in mind, Canadians and Mexicans are also from North America, but refer to themselves in more correct geographic terms.