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|713.||The Beauty of Fall, original oil painting on
canvas by Meng Liu
This painting reminds me of something that might have been done by one of the original French Impressionists, at least, in its theme. It is a lovely field of red flowers, cockscombs, in this case, not poppies that might have appeared in the earlier French paintings. It was painted in the fall, capturing the bright colors of autumn. It is also painted in the impressionistic style that Liu utilized in his earlier paintings.
We think that it is a timeless theme, reinvented by a contemporary Chinese artist.
Corner of the City: original oil painting on canvas by Meng Liu (1997)
While the center of this picture is the tall potted coxcomb, it is certainly not the focus of the work. It is really a cityscape of Shenyang, which is the largest city in northeastern China and traces its roots back over 2,000 years to the Warring States (or Three Kingdoms period, 476-221 B.C.). Later, it was the birthplace and original capital of the Qing Dynasty (1644), and the Shenyang Imperial Palace is second, only to the Forbidden City, in Beijing, in historical and artistic significance. Moreover, Shenyang is one of the most culturally diverse cities, in China, home to 38 of the 56 so-called ethnic minorities of China, as well as to many Japanese, Koreans, and other foreigners. In this little corner of the city, we can see a cityscape, beginning with lower older buildings and stretching to the skyscrapers, in the distant center of the city. The blue background of the buildings serves to accentuate the red and green of the flowers, and the composition, with the profile of the cityscape, in the distance tends to bring your focus in, out, and around the picture. Meng Liu actually chose this painting as the cover for a book about his paintings.
Little Stream, original oil painting on canvas by Meng Liu
Although it is a simple landscape scene, it is very Chinese. The misty mountains, in the background, remind me of many actual scenes that I have seen, in China. In China, there are mountains everywhere, even running into the sea, and the variety of mountains is endless.
Meng Liu is a fine artists, and we always love his work.
Poplar forest by the River, original oil painting on canvas by Meng Liu (Liu
We liked the artistic ability that Meng Liu has shown in this painting of a simple, yet, complex, subject. It is a white poplar forest with a river running through it, and Liu has done an especially nice job in the way he has shown reflections in the water, while, also, giving it froth and movement. The colors are cool and soothing, mirroring the cool refreshing feeling of the scene.
From the north of China, in Shenyang, the capital of China, under the Qing Dynasty, Liu concentrated on impressionistic painting during the 1990's and early 2000's, and this painting is from that period.
|181.||The Cowherd: original oil painting on canvas by
Meng Liu (1996)
You might not be aware of this, but, especially in southern China, cows are uncommon: pigs are more prevalent. Even at restaurants beef is precious: it is always served in thin slices, and, unlike restaurants in Europe or America, it is difficult to ever find a beefsteak. Often, when I am out, in the countryside, I will see a lone cow, walking or grazing by the side of the road or being led down the road by a cowherd. Thus, the cowherd, shown in this scene by Meng Liu, must be relatively rich since he owns five cows. Although the scene, from its appearance, could be anywhere, it has typical characteristics of southern China. There is a morning mist, which often covers this area of China. The region is also characterized by mountains, rolling hills, and narrow, secluded valleys, and trees grow tall and slender because it is always warm and wet. Indeed, this painting is a wonderful pictorial commentary on life in the countryside of modern China.
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