Chinese Oil Paintings

Original Oil on Canvas “Lady Playing Erhu” by Ming Hin (signed)   36" x 24" + 4.5" frame   $7,000

Ming Hin, a native of Shanghai born in 1934, is a member of the Shanghai branch of the Chinese Artists Association. He graduated from the Oil Painting Department of Zhejiang Academy of Fine Arts in 1952 and quickly earned a reputation for high quality portraits. Ming Hin's paintings are in private collections in England, China and the United States.

The erhu, also called a nanhu and sometimes known in the West as the “Chinese violin” or “Chinese two-string fiddle,” is a two-stringed bowed musical instrument with a range of about three octaves. It's sound is rather like a violin, but with a thinner tone due to the smaller resonating chamber. It is a very expressive instrument, most well-known for playing melancholy tunes.

The erhu is used as a solo instrument as well as in small ensembles and large orchestras. It originated in the Tang dynasty (618-907) and became popular in Southern China during the Sung Dynasty (960-1279 AD). Today, it is still the most popular bowed instrument in Chinese music.

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