traditional Chinese scroll was painted by Fang Eqin,
President of the Chinese Artist Association, Shaanxi Branch,
of the most noted artists in China. This painting was
presented to a group of HSU students who have studied in
University, Xi' an, China and given to them as a token
of friendship. The inscription on the painting reads:
Eqin was born in 1941, in the famous ancient city of
Xi' an. When he retired in 2001, he devoted himself to painting.
I was a little boy I was very fond of paintings. Later I
was accepted to an academy of fine arts and gained some very
good results. After graduation I began to engage in work
with cultural relics and museums. My long career means that
I have come to appreciate antiques very much and learn a
great deal. Being an official has brought me many chances
to listen, enjoy and learn, eventually allowing me to become
quite an expert."
Are you wondering why this painting is so wrinkled? It is very common for artists in China to simply fold up their paintings, with no worry.
After a Chinese calligrapher or painter has created an artwork on Shuan Paper, it becomes wrinkled naturally. There is a special process in which the paintings are mounted, and only then considered finished.
Due to budgetary constraints, the Library could not afford to properly mount this painting.
More links about Chinese mounting and conservation techniques:
of the art world have shown me favour, especially the higher
authorities. Following in the footsteps of the Masters of Fine
Art, Mr. Zhao Wangyun and Mr. Shi Lu, I have served as the Chairman
of the Artists Association of Shaanxi Province since 1985. During
my time I have been able to do a lot of work in developing Shaanxi
Fing Arts, as well as my own painting. I have also contacted
many artists, viewed a large number of paintings and greatly
increased my artistic knowledge. As a result, I have gained a
present, I have the freedom to arrange my time as I see fit, walking
in quiet and secluded woods, visiting pleasant villages, seeing
the grand sea, wading across mountain streams, enjoying exotic
flowers and rare herbs, smelling intriguing fruites. Seeing more
and thinking more makes me yearn to paint more"
This Painting can be found on the First Floor of the HSU Library
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Updated: October 22, 2007
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