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Farewell My Concubine by camilkuo Farewell My Concubine by camilkuo
Medium: Acrylic and Pastel
All original characters, but the story is taken from Chinese history.

Bawang Bie Ji (Farewell My Concubine) is set at the end of the Qin dynasty, which ran from 221 to 206 BC. The despotic Emperor Er-shi has lost control of the nation, and the oppressed people have taken up arms in rebellion against the evil ruler. The country broke into separate spheres of power as a few heroes emerged from the chaos to proclaim themselves kings. Among them, two great military leaders contended for supermacy: Xiang Yu, the King of Chu, and Liu Bang, the King of Han. In a crucial battle with his rival, Liu Bang, in 202 BC, Xiang Yu is caught in an encirclement. His troops run out of food and when they hear their native songs sung by the enemy encamped around them, they are convinced that their homeland has been occupied and their countrymen ahve joined Liu Bang. Xiang Yu feels that the end is near and drinks with his favorite concubine Yuji for the last time with singing this melancholic song:
"My strngth uprooted mountains,
My spirit overstepped the world;
But the times are against me,
And my horse can gallop no more.
When he can gallop no more,
What can I do?
And what is to become of Lady Yu." (Translated by Jonathan Wu)
He sings it repeatedly until tears run down his retainers' cheeks, and Yuji performs a sword dance for him and sings:
"The army of Han is coming,
The song of Chu is surrounding;
My lord,
Your ambition is over,
And I have nothing to keep alive for." (Translated by Camille Kuo)
Then she cuts her own throat with his sword. Grief-stricken, Xiang Yu fights his way to the Wujiang River and , wehn all his men have fallen, takes his own life.
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SnowDragonArt Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2008
So beautiful and touching. Such an amazing job.
hiliuyun Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2008
weisen1 Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2006  Professional Filmographer
that's a gorgeous cover
and the emotion is protrayed so well in the image
it's chaotic and artistic at the same time.. while telling the story without giving it away
frostedembers Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2006
hey, superb job! pastel is a pain to work with... I do love the story (I haven't seen the opera live, though). Have you seen Chen Kaige's movie of the same title starring Gong Li and Leslie Cheung?
...stupid american computers with no characters!
ni de hua hun hao!
NiklasFanger Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2006
Wow, this is wonderful. The artwork is lovely and I love the expressions on all the character's faces. The clothing and armour designs are just great too.
VeijaNikita Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2005
wow.. just wow
supergirlanna Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2005
very well drawn!
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