Artwork Panel: 31.8cm x 31.5cm ≈ 12½" x 12½"
Silk/Brocade: 40.1cm x 91.7cm ≈ 15¾" x 36"
Width at Wooden Knobs: 49.1cm ≈ 19¼"
Close up view of the artwork mounted to this silk brocade wall scroll
This painting depicts the ancient Chinese philosophy that even the mightiest general in the army is a loving father, husband and family man when he is home just like other men.
It is also suggested is that a man's responsibilities at home are as important as his obligations at work no matter his stature in society.
In the picture, a great and powerful general of perhaps the Shang Dynasty (17th - 11th century B.C.) has returned from all of his important professional military obligations and is home playing with his son which is just as important in one's life.
Not your typical "Sun Tzu Art of War" lesson.
The Chinese characters read:
"qi jin gong ai qi you ai zi.
- San Yang."
Painted with watercolor and special Chinese ink on handmade xuan paper (rice paper) with gold flecks/flakes. The paper itself is handmade in a process that takes more than a year to complete.
We've been doing some experiments with mounting some of these philosophy art paintings to wall scrolls. I don't know if this will become a regular item or not. This one is mounted with an antique-style two-tone silk cloth combination. This is very much the style you would see in China hundreds of years ago - a very classic style. See: How we make our wall scrolls.
This painting is from the San Yang Collection, a great series of paintings that depict various folklore, stories, and philosophies of Chinese culture.
I have translated the stories of these paintings into English with the personal help of the artist.
The artist and I meet in her home for Chinese tea
and discussions of Western and Easter Philosophy
This work was done in Beijing, China by Zhang Xiuzhen whose pen name is "San Yang".
She is a rather famous artist in northern China and has been painting since 1958.
Her work has been seen in many international exhibitions around the world over the last decade.
This is known as "free-hand style" painting.
This style of painting is done quickly with broad and powerful strokes. But often with a half-dry brush. This is a very specific technique that this artist has mastered, and many try to copy.