Thursday, 2 March 2017

Some time back...

...I promised you more photos from my December trip to China, and thought I'd let you see these fabulous paintings from a gallery in Shanghai.  I could hardly stop taking photos for they were so richly detailed, intricate and amazingly opulent.  You'll see details of some of them just below the full picture - stunning!



















The embroidery silk alone is sumptuous beyond imagination...like a kid in a candy shop I couldn't stop looking.


While the quality of some of the photos leaves something to be desired due to their glass casings, I hope you've enjoyed seeing this work as much as did I.  Being somewhat patience-challenged, I was agog at the thought of an artist sitting over works of this magnitude, and in awe of their skill and perseverance.

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  1. These are just amazing thank you so much for sharing. Are some or all of these embroidery or are they all paintings. I have always found the ability, dedication and sacrifice of Chinese artist staggering. Again thank so much for sharing these treasures, you've made my day.

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    1. These are ALL embroidery, Deann, if you can imagine. I could have spent hours in that location - in any square inch one might see as many as 30 different threads!!!

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  2. I nearly can't believe that thos all is embroidered! AMAZING! WOW!

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    1. I'm in agreement, Susi - when I think of the hours that would have gone into each painting it staggers me...such patience (to say nothing of tremendous eyesight!).

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  3. These are a delight to the eye and as a retired textiles teacher.... what can I say, they are stunning and the hours that must have gone in to making them is impossible to imagine. You are so lucky to have the chance to see them in the flesh! Angela xXx

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    1. Agreed, Angela - they were such a feast for the eyes; I could have been there for hours!

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  4. These are stunning. The detail pictures are spectacular. I stitched a large 2 thread petite point picture of Rapheal's Madonna and Child with 60 thread colours. I slowly worked on it for 10 years. I do not think that is anything in comparison to any of these pieces.

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    1. Truly amazing, aren't they Isabella? I cannot imagine you working on a piece for 10 YEARS! Such patience! Thanks for stopping by to comment - lovely to see you here!

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  5. Oh, wow! I love Asian artwork. Blessings!

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    1. Agreed, Arnoldo - it's truly magnificent work, isn't it?!

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  6. At first I thought these were paintings (and the Chinese have astronomically, amazing painters) but the detail photos show threads, not brush strokes.
    They blow my mind.
    Such incredible workmanship - workwomanship. Imagine doing Klimt's "Kiss"?
    The first one, the parrot and those white flowers are highlights for me, but they're all friggin' awesome.
    Great post, Win!

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    1. I'm with you, Alice - I am stunned at the virtuosity of the work in these pieces, and could have spent hours in the gallery just feasting on the play of colour and light. And yes, the Kiss is outstanding, as was a replica of Starry Starry Night - couldn't get a decent photo of that at all.
      :-(

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  7. These are absolutely AMAZIng! I can't believe they are embroidered! Such talent and artistry! Thank you for the photos, they are quite good given you were photographer behind glass Win! Fabulous my friend! xo

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    1. Agreed, Jackie - I was stunned at the intricacy and quality of the work, and in awe of the artists who practice it...such tenacity!

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  8. Stunning art, the detail is amazing with silk embroidery. I was lucky to purchase a small gorgeous silk embroidery painting from a talented Chinese lady at an art show quite a few years ago. It's black & white and appears to be a photograph the detail is so fine. I fell in love with it as and reminded me of fishing villiages we visited while in Hong Kong. I assume you had an amazing trip. Take care, Shirleyxx

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    1. Oh, I am quite envious that you own a silk embroidery painting, Shirley. They were so stunning that I could barely tear myself away, risking missing the coach! The trip was amazing, and that particular gallery was a real highlight! xo

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  9. Oh my Win - what inspiration you have lighted my scenes with here. Wow. I just want to get my paint brush and try to capture some of these brilliant colors and textures. What a great way to end a Friday.... thank you so so so much for sharing another luscious part of your journey. Xj.

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    1. Truly amazing, aren't they, Joi? I could feast on them for days, and wish I had the patience and skill shown in them! xo

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  10. Wow, these are lovely! The Chinese certainly know how to do colour!

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    1. Don't they just, Zsuzsa? The work is phenomenal!

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