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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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:icondoomymcmushroom:
Doomymcmushroom Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2009
*o*

:)
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SnowDragonArt Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2008
So beautiful and touching. Such an amazing job.
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hiliuyun Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2008
你喜欢中国题材
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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
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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!
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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.
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VeijaNikita Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2005
wow.. just wow
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:iconsupergirlanna:
supergirlanna Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2005
very well drawn!
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Celestial-SeraphiMan Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2005   Writer
Excellent!
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maligo-are Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2005   Photographer
beautiful
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:iconvangelis:
vangelis Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2005
That's fanstastic, i think i've seen a Chinese film of the same title.
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rancid-meat Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2005
When I see things as good as this I always think "some people get all the talent". You make some really beautiful art !
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Tigerblock Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2005
Excellent work! Wow, the story is great to. I thoroughly enjoy this.
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:iconofficerfarva:
officerfarva Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2005
thats really good
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:iconofficerfarva:
officerfarva Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2005
thats really good
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:iconofficerfarva:
officerfarva Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2005
thats really good
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xqueenrosylx Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2005
oOoOoO!! :eyepopping: awesome!
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:iconscamwich:
scamwich Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2005
Was this what the feature film of the same name is based upon? Either way, you've got a great piece of art to show for it.
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:iconfaithwalker:
faithwalker Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2005  Student Photographer
I've had to say farewell to several concubines :)

:bowsinawe: Great ness!
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deliriously-dying Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2005
beautiful story... and an even more beautiful painting! stunning job. :heart:
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Loa4eVER Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2005
All this pix it's amazing in all. Great job.
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MysticFaerie Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2005
This is amazingly done, and I love the woman's robes.
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kich4n Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2005
Sad story :tears: beautiful picture :nod:
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:iconpepius:
Pepius Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2005
Cool story.

As for the image, I like the dress of the concubine and the armor a lot
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amazinggrace Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2005
What a moving story!! And what an amazing piece of work :worship: Simply stunning!!--AG
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Lyriel-Aelorothi Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2005
Truly a masterpiece!
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LadyAngelKT Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2005
I love the layout and the colors! The detail is so good too! I really need to find that movie and watch it now....
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ChibiUrusai Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2005
Love the lay-out. Very lush.
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TWOshay Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2005  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
the film is brilliant, not sure if it has any relivence but its awesome
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TDBK Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2005  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:wow:
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ZhaoWuxia Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2005
Beautiful.
I take you're interested in the Chu Han War?

Did you ever see the movie Ba Wang Bie Ji too?
Kind of irrelevant, but just wondering...
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nyan-nyan Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2005  Hobbyist General Artist
wonderful! the pic is clear and detailed and wonderful colored, and the story is moving and sad...T_T another breathtaking work of you!
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Kamermans Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2005
that looks just so good :) just amazing :D :+fav:
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animetomboy13 Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2005
Its beautiful ^^
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