Medium: Lithograph on paper, typewritten poem by Fernando Arrabal in three languages on verso, signed by the artist
Edition: XXVIII / CXXX (#28/130)
Good To Know: Professionally framed (museum glass on recto, acrylic on verso), stored in humidity controlled art storage facility, condition report available upon request
Series: The Storyteller’s Enchantments of Zhang Xiaogang
Arty-Fact: Girl and Tree - Planche No. 13 belongs to the set of twenty lithographs from The Storyteller's Enchantments of Zhang Xiaogang. The lithographs were inspired by old family photos and represent Xiaogang's Family and Bloodlines series, where the artist explores the concept of family and collectivism in the Chinese society.
Girl and Tree
How sweet she is in her little Sorolla uniforn,
With her white collar and her dancing pumps!
She is outlined against a peaceful nighttime blue background,
Although starless, feet spread apart and arms crossed behind her back.
A single red note makes her arm bleed, wrapped in an armband.
Her plaits complete the tiny child's symmetry,
With her broad "genius" forehead, like mine.
Beside her a shrub spreads out the latticework of flowering branches.
And yet the little girl also wears a plaster on her face.
So young, humanity with its fancy, its dreams, is already restrained within her.
Like the shrub she will perhaps only produce some meager blooms.
She is touching like another little girl, an Infanta,
Corseted in her case. in a farthingale, the duennas are not far off...
"She is holding a rose in her hand and is looking".
She is blonde with blue eyes,
An innocent prisoner, like me at her age,
Like you, you poor child!
~ Fernando Arrabal