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Koi Fish Painting, Contemporary, China, Signed Lower Left

A striking contemporary painting of koi fish from China signed lower left. Please notice the unusual perspective the painter has chosen. The school of koi are viewed from directly overhead in order to emphasize their sensuous movement through the water. The background has been chosen with care as well as the pebble strewn bottom is visible and the reflections of leaves and blossoms from gingko trees may be seen. While the fish are painted in a naturalistic manner the background has a more impressionistic feel. Koi fish have an interesting history as the word "koi" is a homophone in Chinese for love and affection. Originally they were kept in captivity by the Chinese aristocracy and particularly unusual examples were given as gifts of great value. Over time it was discovered the fish could be bred to produce vivid and rare combinations of colour from almost albino to dramatically dark pigmentation. Their beautiful shape and ability to thrive in captivity made them extremely popular and as the years passed their presence became a widely shared pursuit. This particular canvas is a lovely evocation of the romance and fantasy associated with this denizen of the marine world. What is particularly notable about this painting is the artist's decision to use only warm colours and makes no reference to a more traditional palette of blue and green typically used when water is involved.

# BH72A

DIMENSIONS

47.25" w x 1.25" d x 21.50" h

120.02cm w x 3.18cm d x 54.61cm h

$1,886.00

A striking contemporary painting of koi fish from China signed lower left. Please notice the unusual perspective the painter has chosen. The school of koi are viewed from directly overhead in order to emphasize their sensuous movement through the water. The background has been chosen with care as well as the pebble strewn bottom is visible and the reflections of leaves and blossoms from gingko trees may be seen. While the fish are painted in a naturalistic manner the background has a more impressionistic feel. Koi fish have an interesting history as the word "koi" is a homophone in Chinese for love and affection. Originally they were kept in captivity by the Chinese aristocracy and particularly unusual examples were given as gifts of great value. Over time it was discovered the fish could be bred to produce vivid and rare combinations of colour from almost albino to dramatically dark pigmentation. Their beautiful shape and ability to thrive in captivity made them extremely popular and as the years passed their presence became a widely shared pursuit. This particular canvas is a lovely evocation of the romance and fantasy associated with this denizen of the marine world. What is particularly notable about this painting is the artist's decision to use only warm colours and makes no reference to a more traditional palette of blue and green typically used when water is involved.