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The Calico Dress, Family Laundry, 1906

by Mian Situ

Because of the circumstances of turn-of-the-century Chinese immigrants to America, many of them had few alternatives to mining, working in restaurants or laundries. Operating a laundry required relatively little capital, education or English fluency. Often times, entire families lived crammed together in the back of their laundry storefronts. While the parents worked, the children helped however they could.

It was hot, 14-hour-per-day work and after lunch the young man ironing struggles to stay alert while the mother does the mending. Chinese culture, food and clothing may have been replicated in Chinatowns on the West Coast, yet everything around the tight-knit communities was different. “I posed the daughter curiously trying on the calico dress brought in by their American customer,” says the artist. Is she wondering what it feels like to be an American girl or is it only a strange costume?

Greenwich Workshop Fine Art Giclée Canvas:
limited to 35 s/n.
25"w x 27"h.
$850
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Montgomery Frame shown
in print version of Catalogue.
(Framing not included.)


Also by Mian Situ

Golden Spike Ceremony

by Mian Situ
Canvas

Chinese Flower Market,
San Francisco, 1904

by Mian Situ
Canvas

Ten Miles in One Day,
Victory Camp, Utah,
April 28, 1869

by Mian Situ
Canvas | MuseumEdition Canvas

 




Little Big Horn, June 25, 1876
by Z.S. Liang

Early afternoon, June 25, 1876, Montana Territory, two scouts from the Sioux Encampment sight the Seventh Cavalry, led by General George Armstrong Custer, approaching from the East. The infamous Battle of the Little Bighorn is about to begin. Known to Native Americans as the Battle of Greasy Grass Creek, the conflict between a combined group of Lakota and Northern Cheyenne (led by great leaders such as Chief Sitting Bull and Crazy Horse) against Custer’s cavalry was a stunning defeat for the U.S. Army. Much has been made of Custer’s possible hubris in actions that led up to the battle, but the stark fact remains that these Native American warriors fought in a far superior fashion than had been expected. Also known as “Custer’s Last Stand,” the battle represented the high water mark of the Indian alliance and the call for retribution on the part of the U.S. citizenry was answered swiftly and harshly.

Greenwich Workshop Fine Art Giclée Canvas:
limited to 40 s/n.
21"w x 32"h.
$850
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Montgomery Frame shown
in print version of Catalogue.
(Framing not included.)

 

Also by Z.S. Liang

Cricling the Enemy

by Z.S. Liang
Canvas

Navajo Girl

by Z.S. Liang
Canvas

Trading with the Blackfeet, Montana Territory, 1860

by Z.S. Liang
Canvas


 

 

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