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Title: Shirley's Art 799- Stories Behind My Paintings-Chinese Xieyi-439-A163-Shirley's 194th Assignment in Chinese National Academy of Arts -March 08, 2013
Artist: Shirley Yiping Zhang
Size: 22.00cm( 8.66 inches) x 29.00cm (11.41 inches) on the Silk
Completed Time: March 07, 2013
Remarks:
This is my 799th painting since 2003and the 439th Chinese Xieyi Painting, the 194th assignment that I have completed in Chinese National Academy of Arts .

This is the 17th painting that I painted for the series stories and my long scroll《二十四孝》: Er Shi Si Xiao Tu -- The Twenty-Four Dutiful Children .

This story names 江革行佣供母:Jiang Ge Looked After His Mother by Working as a hireling.

Jiang Ge was from Linzi (in today’s Shandong Province), his father passed away when he was young and he looked after his mother quite well. During the wars, Jiang Ge carried his mother fled from the danger. Several times they met bandits, they would killed him. Jiang Ge cried and said: My mother was old and there was no one looking after her... The bandits saw him filial piety and did not bear to kill him.

Then he moved to Xiapi (in today’s Jiangsu Province), to look after his mother by working as an hireling. He itself was poor and walked barefooted, his mother had anything she needed.

At the times of Emperor Ming of Han (28-75), he was chosen as a Xiao Lian -- Xiao and Lian were two subjects to select officials in the Han Dynasty (206— 220). Xiao means a person was filial piety, Lian means a person was rectitude. Especially in the Eastern Han Dynasty (25-220), they were the only road that anyone who wanted to become an official. Later, both of the two subjects were combined into one subject. Therefore, Xiao Lian also means the people who were chosen and had the good quality of filial piety and rectitude. Usually, after a person was chosen as a Xiao Lian, if he had no any official position, he would be offered one. If he was a low rank officer, he would be promoted on a high rank official position.

Then in the times of Emperor Zhang of Han (57年-88), he was chosen to be Xian Liang Fang Zhen – A good and able man and then he was appointed a higher rank official position,.

I painted this painting last week.

How do you think of this painting and this story? Do you enjoy them?

If you have any questions, comments or suggestions, please write to shirley@ebridge.cn or leave your message on Message Board.

Shirley
March 16, 2013(Chinese Time)