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Egrets and Withering Lotus
Wall Scroll

Egrets and Withering Lotus - Wall Scroll

Approximate Measurements

Artwork Panel: 32.5cm x 131cm  ≈  12¾" x 51½"

Silk/Brocade: 40.5cm x 186.3cm  ≈  16" x 73¼"

Width at Wooden Knobs: 49.5cm  ≈  19½"

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Egrets and Withering Lotus

Life goes on for two egrets at the lotus pond, even as the pond dries up, and lotus wither.

Egrets and Withering Lotus - Wall Scroll close up view

Close up view of the artwork mounted to this silk brocade wall scroll

The title is part of a poem about the time of year when the lotus flowers wither after Autumn. The full poem talks of the honesty and modesty (with a metaphor between lotus and people) of how after showing beauty in the peak of the season, it also dries out and withers, which is not surprising, as it is part of the cycle of life. The lotus makes no effort to hide this truth, instead, presents itself for who it is.
There are many ways to understand this poem. I think it's saying to just be who you are. Accept both your strengths and weaknesses. And be like the lotus, and don't hide your weakness from others.

The inscription indicates that this artwork was painted in 2011 by Jian-Qiu at the Qing-Feng studio.

About the Art:

This is a simple painting style, but it also incorporates a lot of detail. This painting really mimics the style of Chinese artwork that has been around for thousands of years.

This artwork is completely hand-painted and is mounted to a handmade silk wall scroll in my Beijing workshop.

About the Artist:

The artist's name is WangjianQiu (Wang Jian-Qiu). He lives in Jinan, the capital city of Shandong Province in Northern China (about 5 hours south of Beijing). I was introduced to this artist's work at Qin Xia's studio in Jinan. This artist has been a long time friend of Qin Xia (You may recognize Qin Xia's name from artwork in our flowers and birds category). Wang Jian-Qiu also does some great detailed beautiful woman paintings, and occasionally does some landscapes for us as well.

This item was listed or modified
Jul 23rd, 2017

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Gary's random little things about China:

Crossing the Street: Human Frogger in 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.

Typical Gallery Price: $240.00

Your Price: $68.88