Peasant Painting in Huxian County
Huxian peasant painting is an important folk painting in Gunazhong Plain. The first peasant paintings was born in 1950s and from 1970s on, peasant painters in Huxian County committed to improve their painting skills so the peasant paintings becomes increasingly delicate. And since 1970s, Huxian County peasant painting is gradually known across China. Now Huxian is one of the most influential hometowns of peasant painting in China and also the model of the national country cultural construction program.
In the past 40 years, local peasant painters work in farmer field in busy farming season and enjoy their leisure painting time at home in slack season and they created all together 30 thousand works. Among the 30 thousand works 428 pieces of them wan domestic art exhibitions and more than 4000 pieces were exhibited overseas on invitation. In Great Hall of the People at Tiananmen Square and other public places Huxian peasant paintings are also painted to promote the national spirit and traditional virtue.
Subjects of Peasant paintings in Huxian are mainly person figures, domestic animals and plants. The peasant painters could always create paintings to show their dreamful hometown in old days which full of pastoral scene. The paintings are painted with traditional ink and writing brush but full of imagination. The striking color contrast, brilliant colors, and exaggerated visual impact always impress visitors very much.
With the development of society, peasant painters endow Huxian Peasant paintings with more themes. In the past, the peasant painting committed to reflect looking of villages in countryside and farmers daily life. The famous paintings of those themes include Commune Fish Pound, Chicken Farm, and Wheat Harvest, etc. Even only from the painting titles we could imagine the content and image of the paintings. Nowadays the peasant paintings have wider ranges of themes. Any items in daily life could be the inspiration of paintings. The wider ranges themes give peasant paintings more energy. With the carried out of national cultural construction program, peasant paintings is know by more and more people as the carrier of traditional Chinese virtue.
Galleries of peasant painters are usually set in their home. Paying a visit to a peasant gallery one will appreciate the unpretending folk art and also see the current situation of country life of modern Chinese peasant. After the visiting time in gallery in the morning, upon request the family will treat visitors with authentic farmhouse dishes at noon. The dishes may are much less delicious than the ones in restaurant and hotel, but tourists will have the most authentic country tour experience. If one wants to learn more about current country life, a visit to local primary school will enable you to talk with local pupils face to face and learn about the current education situation in countryside. Although the language barrier will obstruct the communication, the breakdown simple English vocabulary will express their friendliness to all visitors. In opposite of the primary school gate is the large pieces of farmland in which wheat are grown. Taking a walk along the edge of farmland to breathe the freshest air and see Chinese traditional farming method will be unforgettable experience in ones country tour.