For the best possible display, this portrait should be professionally framed.
A frame is not included with this artwork!
Artwork Panel: 31.5cm x 32.4cm ≈ 12½" x 12¾"
Silk/Brocade Border: 41.5cm x 42.4cm ≈ 16¼" x 16¾"Information about how this Asian painting is mounted
This painting depicts to men in a grappling or wrestling match. This might be for fun, or in some cases, a street performance in old Peking (people watching might put money in a hat or box if they enjoy the entertainment). I've heard rumors that wealthy people in old Peking might hold such a match in their courtyard, and invite friends to come, watch, and bet on the match.
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.
The artist's name is (Bo Yang). In Simplified Chinese: .
He was born in 1957 and grew up in Hebei province (the area that surrounds the special capital district of Beijing / Peking). You can find his artwork for sale at various art markets and galleries around Beijing. All the old Beijingers recognize these classic scenes of traditional life. Modern times have caused some of the practices depicted in Bo Yang's paintings to virtually disappear. But, his paintings help the idea of this traditional Beijing lifestyle to live on.
Visitors and collectors from around the world have purchased his artwork, so don't be surprise if you find his folk art hanging in Europe, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore, Australia, and the Americas. I've even seen his work in art museums around China.
This is a combination of freehand and detail (gong bi) style painting. There are some loose flowing shadow areas, contrasted with somewhat-fine detailing of faces and other important parts of the painting.
This painting was created on antique-style tan or tea-stained xuan paper (xuan paper is often called rice paper, though it contains no rice) which has been mounted to a copper/gold-colored silk matting/border. The artist used special Chinese black ink and a bit of watercolor (for some of the skin tones). All these elements will give your artwork a great classic look after you frame it. I suggest a simple black moulding for your custom frame. Let the silk brocade be your border (which will save money compared to matting the painting when framing).
This item was listed or modified
Dec 4th, 2014
Gary's random little things about China:
If you come to China, save your small change...
In Beijing, the government recently passed a law against charging money for using a public toilet.
However, in other cities and towns around China, expect to pay between 2-5 mao (about 3-5 cents) for the use.
Bring your own toilet paper, or expect to pay 5 mao for a small pack of tissue as you enter.
In my opinion, the best public toilet in all of China is at Tian'anmen Square.
This public restroom is not only clean, but also features its own gift shop.