Papers about Chinese Characters

Mother and Child Story Board

sumie, mother, child, ink, sumi-e, LE Xiao Long, french painter

Here are four Sumie I painted playing with ancient Chinese characters : Mother and Child.

 

The oldest ones come from the Great Seal script, before the unification of China by Qin Shi Huang (221 BC).

 

These four Sumie have been exhibited in 2011. The exhibition's topic was Women and Chinese Characters. If you want to see the other inks of this exhibition after reading this paper, just click and go on "Avaible Inks"section, few ones are still avaible.

 

Now, let's have a look on this storyboard.

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France - 法國 (in English)

painting, map, france, LE Xiao Long, french painter

The real name of this painting is "Fa Guo" (法國). In Chinese it means "France". If we translate it character by character, France means : "The Country of Law".

 

From an historical point of view, it's interesting to see how did Chinese translate the name of this country.

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Seeing the young fugitive woman


ink, sumie, nude, woman, chinese character, sumi-e, drawing, great seal script, LE Xiao Long

This sumie is a kind of rebus made with 4 Chinese characters borrowed from the Great Seal script.

 

This script was used before the unification of China by Qin Shi Huang (259-210 BC), the first Emperor of China.

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