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Horses Mean Success
Chinese Painting

Horses Mean Success - Chinese Painting
Horses Mean Success - Chinese Painting
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Approximate Measurements

Artwork Panel: 177.4cm x 46cm  ≈  69¾" x 18"

Silk/Brocade Border: 197.4cm x 56cm  ≈  77¾" x 22"

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Where There Are Horses, There is Success

This is a super-wide format. It's not very tall, but the width is nearly two meters. A great painting for behind your sofa, or in a place where you don't have a lot of vertical height, but plenty of horizontal space.

The Chinese title is "Ma Dao, Cheng Gong". The first two characters can be translated directly as "Horses Arrival". The second two mean "Achievement" or "Success".

This is a famous saying in China. It probably started during the Tang Dynasty, and therefore, horses and horse ownership has been a sign of one's success for over a thousand years.

The artist's name is Yan Yong, from near Chengdu, China. He is a good friend of Huang Xin-An (an artist that we buy a lot of artwork from in Chengdu).

This is painted on xuan paper (rice paper) and mounted with a gold silk border at our workshop.

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Sep 25th, 2010

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Where this art came from:

Going back to Chengdu...

Map of Our Art-Buying Travels in Asia

(Our futile effort to make Marco Polo jealous)

Map of the current and previous art trips

Trips before 2004 are shown in red.
Latest trips & common routes are shown in other colors.

With Korea, Inner Mongolia, Ningxia Province, and Shaanxi Province behind me, I arrive here in Chengdu, the capital city of Sichuan Province and the 7th stop on my art-buying trip around Asia.

The food in Sichuan is so spicy that it will probably burn a hole in your stomach. And if you come here with an ulcer, chances are that Sichuan food will weld your ulcer shut, or kill you

It has been about 9 months since I last came to Chengdu. And if you know China, you also know how fast things change. Chengdu is no exception.

There is a weekend art market here that I discovered on my last trip. It is located near a large building that houses several little antique shops, and tiny art galleries that represent various artists. In the last 9 months, the number of art studios and galleries has more than doubled, and Chengdu now explodes with art.

As I walk along the outside of the building, some old friends come to greet me. They are the artists that I met on my last trip here. They seem genuinely glad to see me, but of course, some of the cheer in their faces is because they know that I come bearing a large sum of money which will soon be in their pockets.

My original plan was to stay only a couple days in Chengdu, but there are so many new artists to meet, that spend more than a week in this city.

In Chinese culture, one must first build a relationship before doing business. There is a lot of tea to drink, food to eat, and beer to consume before talking about any business or art purchases.

One of my favorite artists in Chengdu - You will see his work in various categories in our website.

Huang Xin-An is glad to see me as I stroll into Chengdu. He remembers the paintings that I liked the most, and has a stash of them set aside for me.
In this picture, he puts the final touches on his work.

I usually spend a day or two with each artist. I look at all they have to offer. They often show me photo albums of work that they have done in the past. After I get a good feeling for an artist's style, ability, and personality, I will buy several pieces that they have on hand, and have some others painted custom. I have been known to sit in a studio all day with an artist as they paint one or two pieces for me.

The artists here are often thrilled to know that their work will now hang on walls throughout the world since their usual customers are Chengdu locals, and the occasional Chinese tourist.

The journey always continues...

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Typical Gallery Price: $240.00



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