The professors' explanation of the artists, the time periods, history and style of the artwork is fascinating. The tour only lasts about 15-20 minutes because the gallery is so small. The gallery is gives travelers a taste of a collection of art forms from myriad time periods.
One year, the docent told us about artists who paint bamboo. She explained that the time it takes to paint bamboo is short. Perhaps ten minutes. So when locals and travelers come to the gallery and want to buy one of their bamboo paintings, they are shocked at the high price tag. How could something that takes such a short time cost so much? But the ten minutes is actually the culmination of a lifetime of study. The docent told us of the years that the artist spends in bamboo forests: viewing, listening and feeling the essence of the forest. The picture painted with her words made us understand the artist's journey. Priceless.
Join me on a Chow Fun Tour including Xian and the Tangbo Gallery.