For the best possible display, this portrait should be professionally framed.
A frame is not included with this artwork!
Artwork Panel: 31.7cm x 32.2cm ≈ 12½" x 12¾"
Silk/Brocade Border: 41.7cm x 42.2cm ≈ 16½" x 16½"Information about how this Asian painting is mounted
This painting features a man playing an (er hu), a 2-string traditional Chinese alto-violin. This kind of fiddle is used in virtually all Peking Opera performances to match the high-pitched singing that is also ubiquitous with this genre.
The title suggests that this man is a huge fan of Peking Opera.
This painting comes from a series by the artist that depict life in old Beijing (old Peking). While Beijing has left a lot of the past behind with its new skyscrapers and demolition of the old alleyways and quadrangle houses, if you know where to look, you can still find many of these scenes in real life, even today.
This painting is titled, as noted above, signed by the artist, and authenticated with his red signature seal.
The artist's name is (Bo Yang). He was born in 1957, Hebei Province (the province that surrounds Beijing). He moved to Beijing city many years ago, and has a small studio there.
He has become a famous Chinese folk art painter. Much of his artwork is exported to Hong Kong, Taiwan, and Japan. You'll also find his work in galleries and museums in China.
Bo Yang started his "Scenes of Old Beijing Life" paintings as a means of survival. Decades ago, he was just a street artist. After a few years, his paintings became so popular, and many people claimed to "discover" him, that he now has a huge international following.
Bo Yang uses traditional black Chinese ink and various brush widths to create his work. The medium is handmade xuan paper (often called rice paper, though there's no rice in it). When I took these painting to my workshop, they were mounted with a copper-colored silk brocade border. This border can be used in lieu of matting when you frame this artwork.
This item was listed or modified
Dec 4th, 2014
Gary's random little things about China:
Parking your car on the sidewalk is legal in most places in China. I am talking fully on the sidewalk, and fully blocking the sidewalk, so that nobody can walk there at all. After all, there is a perfectly good roadway for pedestrians and cars to share just past the edge of the sidewalk - right?
In many urban areas, there is a sidewalk parking attendant who will ensure that you park in such a way that no one can use the sidewalk at all. They will also charge a fee of 2 Yuan (26 cents) for up to a full day of sidewalk parking privileges.
The green light means "go". The Yellow light means "20 more cars should enter the intersection". The red light means "5 more cars enter the intersection and become a nuisance to pedestrians trying to cross the street".
Actually, the green light means "Try to go, but you'll probably have to wait for the yellow or red light before you get your chance".
If you get in a car accident, it's best to argue briefly with the other driver, and then both drive away. When the police get involved, everyone gets fined, and someone might lose their license. The fines are generally higher than what it will cost to fix your car, so hanging around to exchange insurance information is rare in minor fender-benders.
If your car is too damaged to drive away, you are screwed. The police own and operate all of the tow trucks in most Chinese cities. You will be fined, charged for towing, charged an impound fee, and may lose your license.
On long stretches of highway, police checkpoints are occasionally set up. They may be stopping drivers and summarily fining them for wearing sunglasses or talking on a mobile phone while driving. However, in the next stretch of highway, another police checkpoint may be issuing fines for driving without sunglasses.
Under certain circumstances, and if you are really unlucky, drivers who get in injury accidents while drunk may be executed. If you are caught drinking and driving just once, you will be fined, and will probably lose your drivers license for the rest of your life.
Thus, drunk driving has become very rare in China.