For the best possible display, this portrait should be professionally framed.
A frame is not included with this artwork!
Artwork Panel: 33.3cm x 33.3cm ≈ 13" x 13"
Silk/Brocade Border: 42.5cm x 42.5cm ≈ 16¾" x 16¾"Information about how this Asian painting is mounted
While this musical instrument has been around for almost 2000 years in China, this girl is obviously a bit younger.
This depicts a woman playing a traditional Chinese "pi pa" which is known as a lute in western countries.
Her two cats seem to enjoy the music as she sings and strums away into the evening while she awaits her husband's arrival.
In the background, a "double happiness" character hangs in the window. This is a famous symbol of a recent wedding in Chinese culture. We can presume she is a newlywed.
The woman's clothing suggests that she might be from the era of the Qing Dynasty (1616-1911).
The artist Mo Nong signing some of his artwork before I took it to my workshop for proper mounting.
This painting is not titled, but is signed by the artist, and authenticated with his red signature seal.
The artist goes by the name (Mo Nong).
He lives in Beijing, the capital city of China.
This general style of painting that falls between modern art and folk art is done by many artists in China. Once the last modern I worked with retired, it took years to find another that I was really happy with. Finally, in 2012, I walked into the studio of Mo Nong, and found what I was looking for. His variety of composition and painting style make all of these paintings instant classics.
The day I met Mo Nong in his studio in the Panjiayuan artist community of Beijing.
Mo Nong uses paint power and water (similar to gouache) to get vivid colors. This is applied to 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 silk brocade border. This border can be used in lieu of matting when you frame this artwork.
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Jul 12th, 2016
Gary's random little things about China:
So after traveling to China, you have just finished your first meal in a real Chinese restaurant.
But the bill comes, and the waiter forgot to bring everyone their fortune cookies!
Well, actually not...
You see, fortune cookies did not come from China (at least not directly).
One legend has it in the late 1800s or early 1900s, a Chinese man running a noodle making shop in San Francisco accidentally mixed a bunch of sugar in his dough, and didn't want to waste it. So he made cookies and stuck papers with people's fortunes on them as a novelty.
In the end, it's really the Chinese visitors to America that are confused when the waiter brings them a blob of sugary noodle dough with a piece of paper stuck in it.