For the best possible display, this portrait should be professionally framed.
A frame is not included with this artwork!
Artwork Panel: 67.5cm x 68.6cm ≈ 26½" x 27"
Silk/Brocade Border: 77.5cm x 78.6cm ≈ 30½" x 31"Information about how this Asian painting is mounted
This painting features the artist, calligrapher, and poet named Zheng Ban-Qiao (His real name is Zheng Xie). He lived during the Qing Dynasty between 1693-1765. He was kind of an outsider, and many thought his ways were strange.
He was both praised and criticized for his work. Often praised for his calligraphy style, but run out of his government post for daring to have a shelter built for the poor people of the kingdom.
He is a person who went against the current, did his own thing, remembered to enjoy life, and brought about ideas for social reform. Some have branded Zheng Ban-Qiao as a lunatic or madman, but if a madman is one who is benevolent to the poor, and creates revolutionary artwork, I want to be a madman too.
The title of this painting is simply "Ban Qiao Shi Yi" which means "Ban-Qiao (having a) Poetic Feeling". I suppose you could call this the state of mind you are in when you feel like writing poetry. It's kind of a romantic state for some. Also indicated in the Chinese characters is the fact that this was painted in 2006 as well as the artist's signature.
The artist's name is (Li Shui-Yi) who lives in the Sichuan Province of Southern China. He specializes in a style of traditional artwork that has an abstract essence.
His paintings are signed with just his given name of .
You may be able to read his red chop which also contains the same characters of his given name but written in this ancient seal script form of Chinese.
This item was listed or modified
Jul 30th, 2011
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.