Sunday, 3 August 2014


1969 Paintings in the National Gallery, Budapest ('"Black Pigs")

Gauguin famously travelled to faraway places but it was the journey to French Polynesia that changed his art.  This scene shows a Tahiti village and its harmony with the natural world and is the point at which his painting started to change, stimulated by the islands exotic culture.  The palm fringed and sandy beaches of the islands of Tahiti are the sort of places I might dream about in the middle of winter and palm trees make an appearance on
one of the China definitives of the 1980s featuring the scenery of China.  These are the palm trees of Hainan, a tropical island in the South China Sea which has no winter although in January and February the cold winter air from the north comes into contact with the warm sea causing continual fog and creating extreme moisture in the air. The island is a popular tourist destination and one of its big events is the Coconut Festival in late March and early April and for the local Li people March is also the time associated with love when traditionally weddings takes place,
I have shown a couple of my Chinese prepaid postcard of 'Landscapes of Guilin' before and this week's Sunday Stamps theme gives me an excuse to show another one.
Nine Horse Fresco Hill

 Here we are cruising down the Li River and passing by the cliff face of Nine Horse Hill.  How many horses can you count?  The legend is that the Monkey King brought his horses to the Li River and an artist wished to paint them but the horses were spooked and galloped into the cliff face and still can be seen in various poses today.

An entry to Viridian Postcard's Sunday Stamps theme of - Faraway Places


Sheila @ A Postcard a Day said...

I think I would probably most like to try to find the nine horses on the River Li, but the idyll in Hungary does look idyllic!

Postcardy said...

The landscapes of China are beautiful, and something I don't think of when I think about China.

viridian said...

The scene with nine horse fresco hill is beautiful. Also faraway and exotic :-)
Thank you for joining in this week!

Bob Scotney said...

I'd take the landscapes too although I wouldn't say no to Tahiti.

VioletSky said...

Some of those landscapes in China would make you feel very small and humble. Such beauty!

Ana said...

the view on that Chinese card is stunning...however, out of all these, Gauguin is my favourite..such vibrant and vivid colours!