Human Figure Paintings

Wang Xi-jing (b. 1946)

Hanging Scroll, Chinese Ink on Rice Paper, 26 7/8 x 18 1/4in., (68 x 46.25 cm.)

Chu Griffis Collection #13In commenting on Chinese brushpainting a well-known art historian said that Chinese painting may say little, but it tells it distinctively. He could have been speaking of Grape Harvest. The artist sees a rather shy, barefoot country girl returning with a basketful of grapes in early fall. Two sparrows sing in their claimed area of the quiet countryside. The rich harvest is symbolic of blessings for the farmers.

Mr. Wang conveys this mood with masterfully controlled brushwork. His free floating brush strokes, thick and thin, dry and wet, dark and light combine to outline an attractive lively figure for us. Vines twist and turn, good-sized fruits show through healthy leaves depicting the artist's view of rural life.

Mr. Wang was born and grew up in Xian, ancient capitol of China for millennia. The city's wealth of artifacts and history must have played a part in his art training. Painting is his profession and Mr.Wang is director of the Xian Institute of Calligraphy and Painting. This painting was commissioned by Xian University as a gift for our friend, Eugene Ching, as a tribute for his teaching service.

We are grateful to Professor Ching who donated the painting to the Chu-Griffis collection at Connecticut College in 1988.