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Country Living in First Sketch

Country Living in First Sketch

Chinese ink on rice paper

44.5 x 68.5cm

early 50s

Private collection

 

Country Living in Bai Miao

Country Living in "Bai Miao"

Chinese ink on rice paper

39.1 x 55.9cm

early 50s

Private collection

 

Country Living in Sketch and Bai Miao Style Mix

Country Living in Sketch and "Bai Miao" Style Mix

Chinese ink on rice paper

39.1 x 55.9cm

early 50s

Private collection

 

Country Living in Dashed Line with Colour

Chinese ink on rice paper

39.1 x 55.9cm

early 50s

Private collection

 

The country living series were painted between 1951 to 1956 when Huang Yao was living in Thailand. These paintings have people as the main subject with coconut grove, banana plants, pineapple yards, lotus in river and flowing streams as background of the painting. Sometimes there are also boats, pavilion and elephants in his painting. This series of ink paintings depicts the romantic atmosphere of the countryside showing lives of women with either their own children or younger siblings. These women are usually depicted working, harvesting or relaxing with children around them.

In the four paintings shown here, the subject matter is a woman rocking a baby in a cloth hammock with a string tied to her toe while she is busy breaking the coconuts. The first sketch is still done in a very Chinese style with bamboo and rocks in the background. The scene was simplified in the next painting as a completed work in bai miao. The last two paintings, have backgrounds that are typical of rural lifestyle in Thailand, although they were painted with Chinese brush and ink, the style was no longer distinctively Chinese.

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