The Old Fisher Woman by Jian Bai Xu

Jian Bai Xu was an early member of the Westernized oil painting movement, in China, studying, in the 1940's, at the famous Hangzhou School, under the tutelage of Lin Feng Mian, one of the original members of the Hangzhou School of Modern Chinese Oil Painting. She was taught that it is emotion that is the most important element of art, and this painting of an old fisherwoman, painted on the docks of a fishing village, in South China, in 1955, is one of her signature paintings.  It is oil on canvas and measures 55 cm x 40 cm.

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Leona Craig Art specializes in contemporary Chinese art, including oil paintings, modern watercolor paintings, Yixing zisha teapot art, and sculpture.  The gallery is located in Guangzhou, China, and we have established relationships with artists and the art community, in China.  Our founder, Craig Mattoli, has a background in investment and in art.  He has been involved in both businesses for several decades at various locations around the world.  He currently teaches finance and economics at a university, in China, in addition to running the gallery.  He also has been writing articles about art and investing for various publications around the world.

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