1951 to 1956 Children Paintings in Thailand

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Transition from traditional Chinese to Thai subject:

The earliest available paintings of children at play in Huang Yao's collection were those completed in Thailand. 

In the painting 'Mother and Children', the Chinese mother has an infant in her arms, both looking at an active child making noises by twisting the handle of a toy drum with a bead at the end of each of the two short strings. The infant is pointing to the toy with his right hand as if wanting to play with it. This is a skillful Chinese well-controlled, fine line drawing or bai-miao, with no color or background. On the left hand side of the drawing is a two-line inscription written in Huang Yao's unique upside down writing or chuyun shu stating that it is a scene from Jiaozi Jing or Classic on Teaching of Children. The paint-ing was not dated, but as it has the same technique and style as in 'Thai Woman and Child', it must have been com-pleted in Thailand in the early 1950s.

The same technique of fine line drawing is now utilized to drawing the Thai woman presenting a garland of flowers to a boy in Figure 10. The boy bowing his head to receive the garland, putting his two palms together in gesture of thanks and respect common in Thailand. Huang Yao com-mented that he was touched by this scene and thus recorded it in bai-miao. The gentleness of the people, and the respect for the elderly by the young attracted Huang Yao to live Thailand (Wong, 2007).

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