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Fishing House by the Seashore: original oil painting on canvas by Xue Sheng Tan (1982)
One of the most beautiful features of the Chinese beaches that we have been to is that the mountains run down to meet the sea, reminding me of some parts of the Mediterranean but unlike my native east coast of the U.S. This is a pretty painting with a gaggle of small, old fishing boats, moored near the beach, on the left, with a rickety old fishing house, defining the boundary on the right. A mountain peak across the water frames the center, and the sky swirls with billowing clouds, completing the tranquil scene. Its muted colors and the composition give it the feeling of the earlier Impressionists.
Gulangyu Beach: original oil painting on canvas by Xue Sheng Tan (Tan Xue Sheng),
This is painting of an area near Xiamen, China, which is on the mainland side of the Taiwan Strait, in fact, we also have a photograph on the hyperlink page, which gives almost the same view. On the large rock formation on the right is a 138 foot high, 500 ton statue of Cheng Gong Zheng, a 17th century hero, originally from Japan but named the Duke of Loyalty and Filial Piety by Emperor Longwu: his more common Chinese name is Guoxingye. He is famous for leading a force from Xiamen to reclaim Taiwan from the Dutch colonizers.
Zhoushan Harbor: original oil painting on canvas by Xue Sheng Tan,
Zhoushan is in Zhejiang Province. It is a cute picture of fishing boats lined up on the shore.
Xue Sheng Tan (Tan Xue Sheng) is an older artist whose career began in the first half of the 20th century. He trained under Lin Feng Mian (Feng Mian Lin) of the famous Hangzhou school of art. He is married to artist, Jian Bai Xu, and he was dean of the Guangzhou Fine Arts Academy, in the 1970's. He and his wife have been living in the U.S. since the lend of the 20th century.
Overlooking Danxia: original oil painting on papered board by Xue Sheng Tan (丹霞远眺) 1962
This mountain scene is full of bright and soothing colors. It is from early, in Tan's career, painted in 1962, when he was around 40 years old. The style is the free and happy style of the impressionist mind painting a breathtaking scene of nature.
Danxia, in China's Guizhou Province, is often called China's Jurassic Park because it's red sandstone rock formations and the alsophila ferns that grow there have their origins some 200 million years ago. It's greens are those of a primeval forest, and the waters are the clear blue of a land forgotten by time. It is currently under consideration by UNESCO as a natural heritage site.
It is a wonderful painting that becomes more and more appealing to the eye the more that you look at it.
Yugoslavia Seaport City: original oil painting by Xue Sheng Tan (1973)
Xue Sheng Tan and his wife, artist, Jian Bai Xu, were well traveled, for Chinese citizens, in the mid-20th century. Here, Tan presents one of many paintings that he made during his adventures abroad. It is a Yugoslavian seaside city, which is part of another country, now that the Soviet empire has come apart. It is, in fact, a very typical Mediterranean city.
Trained by Lin Feng Mian, in the 1940's, by the 1970's, Tan was a dean at the Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts. We always like the child-like simplicity he uses to paint.
Nude: original oil painting by Xue Sheng Tan (1963)
This is one of only a few portraits that we have in our gallery by Tan. Moreover, for this one portrait, Tan has tried his hand at nude portraiture.
Trained by Lin Feng Mian (Feng Mian Lin), from among the original artists who brought modern Western oil painting styles to China, in the early part of the 20th century, Tan tends to be impressionistic with simplistic honesty, in his style.
Here we have a painting of a nude woman, standing against an aging wall. She is not some ideal of perfection but a simple study in the human body. It may also be a picture of the drabness of communist life, in the 1960's, in China.
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