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This painting of the Four Beauties is perfect for any Chinese culture aficionado or Chinese person as these beauties are very well known and loved, and they will enjoy picking out the subtleties I've included in this painting!

Below, I've included the back story and folklore behind these beauties as well as the artist notes so you can fully understand every detail behind these legendary women.

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The king of Yue searched his lands for a beauty, and Xi Shi, the extraordinarily beautiful daughter of a humble tea trader was chosen. The king trained her in espionage and court etiquette and sent her, richly dressed, to the prince of the Kingdom of Wu as a tribute gift. The prince was so charmed by her that he neglected his kingdom. Easily, the King of Yue invaded during the political chaos and overtook the kingdom of Wu. The prince committed suicide and Xi Shi lived happily ever after with her lover, the minister Fan Li.
She's said to be so beautiful that when she was washing silk by the river, the fish was so entranced by her beauty that they forgot to swim and drowned.
♥ Artist's note: I've always imagined Xi Shi as a beautiful but deadly spy, and like summer, she is warm with her charms but can get pretty hot when she needs to! I gave her a seductive expression that's dangerously sexy.. like she is.


Emperor Yuan used painted portraits to choose his concubines, so naturally, the ladies bribed the court painter to make each of their portraits more flattering than reality. However, Wang Zhaojun was confident in her natural beauty and refused to bribe him, and in anger, the artist misrepresented her portrait, making her look ugly. One day, the emperor wanted to send one of his court ladies to the Huns as a political bride, and based on her misleading portrait, Wang Zhaojun was chosen. When she sadly turned to go, Emperor Yuan saw her face and realized that she's actually the most beautiful woman in his court. But it was too late.. as the luckless beauty walked out of the palace into the winter day, a flock of birds flying overhead was so struck by her selflessness and honesty that they forgot to fly and fell to their deaths. Emperor Yuan put the dishonest court painter to death, but Wang Zhaojun never returned to her homeland.
♥ Artist's note: This story was so sad and I tried to capture that devastating moment of injustice.. looking up into a cold, windy day past the snow and up at the birds, knowing that she can never return to her beloved country. In accordance to the story, I added birds wings on Wang Zhaojun's crown and collar.. symbolizing her flight and migration to a new world.


Diaochan, a gentle, loyal maid, helped orchestrate a war between two warlords and ended the rule of a cruel tyrant using her charms. Unfortunately, she was eventually put to death by the tyrant's cronies at the end. The legend goes that one autumn night as she was worshiping the moon, the moon was so awed by her beauty that it hid behind some clouds out of shame.
♥ Artist's note: Diaochan struck me as a clever beauty from humble beginnings who saved the lives of many. I portrayed her here as having a distant thought while offering incense and prayers to the autumn moon in a pale night.. but she fades into some Chinese lanterns, symbolizing her tragic end.


Yang Guifei was a high ranking, privileged beauty, and the Emperor Xuanzong was so in love with her that he neglected his state affairs and indulged in their pleasures, feasting and drinking all day long. The legend goes that she's so beautiful, the spring flowers would refuse to bloom out of embarrassment. Yang Guifei also loves to take baths, and the Emperor built lavish, splendid lakes and baths for her. One day, a rebellion was staged and the Emperor fled the palace with Yang Guifei, but his soldiers refused to go on and demanded the death of the beauty, whom they believe had ruined the country. Towards the end, Yang Guifei killed herself to save the king.
♥ Artist's note: Yang Guifei is one of the most famous of the four beauties. Her decadence is the equivalent of Marie Antoinette, the story of one beauty that brought a kingdom to its knees. Because of her fondness of taking baths, I portrayed her naked, smiling behind the flowers she puts to shame.. and of course, a self satisfied, I-have-no-regrets expression. In accordance to her decadence, I painted her in spring colors holding an ornate opium pipe with a dainty golden fingernail protector.



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This listing is for a 11 x 14 inch (28 x 35.5cm) open edition print.
This is a standard size for framing.

This is my original art.
The print is professionally made on photo quality paper, absolutely no home printers used. The print is sturdy and long lasting.

Each print comes with a certificate of authenticity attached on the back. It is then signed and dated.

The print will be mailed safely within a clear art sleeve, flat in a sturdy 13 x 18 inch art mailer, NOT a rolled up tube! The watermarks will not appear on your print.

This artwork is also available in other sizes, bookmark and ACEO.

Also check out the gift wrap option if this is a special purchase:
http://www.etsy.com/listing/86785134/gift-wrap-option-for-prints


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♥ Exotique 5: The World's Most Beautiful CG Characters
♥ Society of Illustrators Student Scholarship Competition 2009
♥ Best of Ringling College of Art & Design 2009 Illustration Exhibition
♥ FXPose Artist of the Month (ImagineFX Issue #40)
♥ CGHub.com Gold Award
♥ Deviantart DD: "The Four Beauties is an image that really shines through showing the artists' true talents. Its breathtakingly beautiful and in harmony with each character."

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lisat12 says:
I received my order today and I am so happy! super fast shipping and so beautifully put together. The calligraphy is just amazing and the card is beautiful. Thank you so much!

Samantha Fenwick (sammisinger) says:
It came really quickly and the print is BEAUTIFUL. Pictures don't quite do it justice. Love it!

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Schin has been freelancing professionally since she was 17. Her fantasy artwork has been featured on the front cover of The Peppertree Magazine and ImagineFX: Fantasy & Sci-Fi Art as well as the Society of Illustrators and Exotique 5 & 6: The World's Most Beautiful CG Characters, Popcorn: On The Cutting Edge of Comics Art, Darkstalkers Artbook, Digital Arts and Digital Artists Magazine.

This is her self-run Etsy shop and the only place to get signed artwork and originals from the artist.

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Art is copyright © Schin Loong 2011
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Schin Loong

11x14in. Four Beauties. asian china fantasy art japanese

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