五牛图 (Five Oxen)
“Five Oxen” is one of the most famous Chinese animal paintings. This painting describes five oxen each has different postures: one is looking up, one is looking back, one is walking, one is eating grass, and the other one is meditating. Five oxen’s colors are all different, some are yellow or brown and some have spots. Colors are very beautiful and vivid. This painting is drawn horizontally and is about 140cm long. The painter used very thick brush in order to describe oxen’s strength and boldness.
During Tang Dynasty, Han Huang drew this painting. He not only is a famous painter but also have political power because his main job is prime minister. His famous paintings all describe animals, such as ox, sheep, and donkey. Unfortunately, his paintings are all lost except “Five Oxen”. I chose this painting because I think Han Huang well-symbolized oxen’s energy and hard work.
This painting reminds me of a person. I think ox is similar to person because ox and person both diligently work. The painter drew this painting because he truly appreciated ox’s hard labor.
我觉得这幅画有很多话想跟观众们说。最有意思的就是大和 尚不管树上的长臂猿。不过，他的弟子或许是还没有达到涅 槃的和尚所以在收东西。从佛教的说法，我们达到涅槃的时 候不应该收别人的东西。因为我们有了满足了的生活，不能 随便乱要东西。因为这个绘画，我觉得这个绘画很有道理， 所以我很喜欢这个绘画。
Liu Songnian made this painting and it is made during the Song dynasty. In the painting, there are two monks; one of the monks has achieved nirvana according to the Buddhist belief. The taller one is the Buddhist that achieved nirvana. The smaller monk is the disciple of the bigger monk and is receiving a pomegranate by one of the gibbons. In front of the taller monk, there are two deer and the setting of the painting is in a forest.
Liu Songnian is a very well known painter during his time. Every Liu Songnian’s paintings has detailed depiction of the environment. Under Emperor Ningzong’s time, Liu Songnian received a very prestigious Golden Girdle. I chose this painting because I think this painting is very interesting. Furthermore, I am also Buddhist and this painting intrigues me even more.
I feel that this painting have many words to say to the audience. The most interesting part of this painting is that the taller monk ignores the tree’s gibbon, while the younger monk is depicted to receive a pomegranate from the gibbon. According to the Buddhist belief, when we achieved nirvana, we should be content of what we have and we should not want other random things. We should be satisfied with our lives instead of wanting more. Because of this painting, there are a lot of meaningful reasons and is why I think it is interesting.
这个地方在乡村里。这条蛇是在画儿的中间，因为蛇是很重要的主题。我很喜欢画儿的颜色。蛇是咖啡、 姜黄和白色的。 这个蛇的皮肤又滑、又美丽。石头给我留下了很好的印象，因为显得很真实。画家不但用了黑色的颜料，而且也用了白色的颜料。画中没有山，可是有很多树和小河。 树的颜色是绿色和蓝色混合起来的。
把蛇画在美丽的环境里，我觉得张大悲想让我同时感觉恐怕和幸福。有的人可能不喜欢这个画， 有的人可能喜欢。 我看这个画的时候，我想出来很有意思的故事。在故事的开始蛇非常饿，所以蛇一边等青蛙或者鱼来，一边享受安静的气氛。我看这个画的时候，可以听到清屏的河。我也想坐在石头的上面，感受凉爽的风。
What do you see? This is a big snake! I picked this painting because this year is the snake year!
The setting is in country. The snake is position in the middle because it is considered as the main theme of the painting. I really like the choice of color. The snake is painted with dark brown, light brown and white. The snake’s skin is very smooth and beautiful. The rock gave a good impression on me because it appears real. It not only used black but also used white. The painting doesn’t have mountains but has lots of trees and a small river. The color of the tree is a blend of green and blue colors.
Zhang dai bei is the artist. He went to Guangdong Art School to study oil painting. Since he graduated, he painted lots of oil paintings. He is now a professional artist. He loves to paint animals, for example, birds, fish, and reptiles. As soon as I saw the painting, I chose it. I not only attach importance to animals but also I wanted to share my joy to others about my love for animals. I hope I can paint animal with my own hand, especially panda.
By painting the snake in beautiful environment, I think the painter wanted me to feel both fear and happiness. Some people might don’t like it and some people might like this painting. When I looked at the painting, I came up with an interesting story. The story begins with the hungry snake is waiting for a fish or frog to come out but at the same time the snake seem to enjoy the quiet atmosphere. I feel as though I can hear the slow waterfall. I would like to sit on the rock and feel the cool wind.
It is obvious that I really like this painting. I hope you will like it too.