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Painting labeled "unknown artist" but is signed..translation?


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Hello everyone, 


I inherited a painting from my grandmother recently but I dont know much about it. It's an original piece, not a reprint, but the label on the back of the frame says artist unknown. I messaged with a Chinese friend from back in college and he said the print on the front is a name but wasnt able to provide much more. I was hoping someone here could help? 


Thank you!




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Well, it's a name, 一青 (Yiqing), but we still don't know who 一青 is.

It could be a pen name. Even if it's real, that's only a given name. It's like signing a painting with "John". John who? John Doe. :mrgreen:


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Um, moderately common?

X + 一Y is quite common for a Chinese name.

The artist didn't leave any other clue. No family name, no studio/study name, no place name, no title, no date.

And it's not like he's so famous he goes by a single name like Madonna, Bono.

So my guess is he's just an "unknown artist" who didn't even expect to be known.

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