The journey has no end, or slow or fast, will eventually find a truth: no matter how beautiful the landscape, if you lose the influence and infection of traditional culture, all the scenery can not withstand the passing of time. Even in such a unique environment as qinghai, the snow mountains and lakes will eventually make people feel tired if they lose their humanity and heritage.
As far as I am concerned, on the way of travel, I am not only looking for “the beauty of the land”, but also exploring the traditional culture under the land. This trip to qinghai is, of course, a return to the same place. But a deep traditional search revealed not only the mysterious world of Tibetan civilization, but also many other little-known folk arts.
Farmer’s painting is a kind of popular painting, which is made by farmers themselves and appreciated by themselves. Such paintings are very common in China. But in qinghai xining huangzhong county, but facing lost. Farmers’ paintings on the qinghai-tibet plateau seem to be more mysterious and special than paintings anywhere else.
Huangzhong county, qinghai province, is home to the famous Tibetan buddhist resort tal temple. It has beautiful scenery and outstanding people. There are famous mural paintings, thangka, pile embroidery and butter flowers at home and abroad, more known as the “modern Chinese folk painting township” farmers in huangzhong paintings.
Compared with buddhist murals, thangkas and embroidery, peasant paintings are popular. Little do you know, a large number of foreign tourists come here every year to buy farmers’ paintings, some as a collection, some will bring home for exhibition.
Xining farmers painting has a long history, as early as the Ming and qing dynasties, the folk painting atmosphere here is very active. After a long period of exploration and development, it has formed a modern folk painting with the han and Tibetan culture as the main artistic style. After I had the honor to visit a local intangible cultural heritage material inheritor, Mr. Han, I had an in-depth exchange with this unfamiliar farmer painting.
Han is from huangzhong county, qinghai province. She has been painting folk paintings for 35 years. Her paintings have not only won many awards, but also been collected by many people in Austria, Taiwan, guangzhou, Germany and other places. Especially the tourists from Europe, when they visited qinghai, they were not only shocked by Tibetan civilization, but also attracted by farmers’ paintings.
Ms. Han said that many foreign visitors saw her paintings as if they were great murals. What impressed her most was that a tourist from Germany bought more than 40 paintings at a price of about 3,000 yuan per painting.
It was thought that the visitor from Germany would take the words back to Germany for an exhibition. Later, many foreign tourists came to buy the paintings every year.
As a matter of fact, no matter it is a peasant painting or something else, foreigners who are interested in the ancient Oriental civilization will like it and collect it. History has given us too much evidence of this. Although the vast majority of them are painful, lamentable and regretful, it has to be admitted that Chinese culture and heritage have been the urgent concern of westerners for many years.
As a beautiful and wonderful work in the traditional folk art treasure house of the Tibetan plateau, I am not surprised that farmer paintings are so popular with foreign tourists. But what makes teacher han feel helpless is, love and collect farmer’s picture the majority of people still are foreign tourist. Domestic tourists paid little attention to the painting, and locals paid little attention to it.
As the inheritor of huangzhong farmers’ paintings, she felt very worried. Most of the students recruited in recent years are elderly, with the youngest in their 40s and very few in number. With the improvement and development of the material age, it is difficult for people to settle down to do anything, let alone to lean over and draw pictures on paper day after day, year after year.
From teacher han’s work room, we find that her paintings usually draw nourishment from folk embroidery, paper-cutting, national costumes and folk architecture. And the content is simple, rich imagination, do not seek proportion, shape, also do not pay attention to light and shadow, perspective. Each picture is not only full of composition and detail, but also has clean color and smooth lines.
On the teacher han at this time of the painting of this work, so obviously, but also to the exquisite pattern to adorn, filled with a strong ethnic customs. Mr. Han said that a good farmer’s painting should be done for at least three months.
But unlike other handicrafts, this painting, which takes three months to complete, can usually only be bought for around 3,000 yuan. As a result, many young people are reluctant to learn, believing that too much is paid for too little.
Compared with other kinds of Chinese paintings, the popularity of peasant paintings does have very few people to appreciate its beauty and artistry. But now that it has been included in the list of provincial intangible cultural heritage, I believe it will not decline with the development of The Times, and I believe its humanistic charm will enrich the natural landscape.