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Publisher's Letter: Possessing the Best

The opportunity to possess the best is the promise behind each and every Greenwich Workshop Fine Art Edition.We call it The Greenwich Difference—the assurance that your investment in fine art is the culmination of our over 30-year legacy of setting and exceeding the standards of fine art

At the heart of The Greenwich Difference is our Family of Artists. We’ve chosen Mian Situ and The Powder Monkeys, Cape Horn, 1865 as our Publisher’s Choice because Mian and his work are the quintessence of what we mean by possessing the best.

Mian Situ unveils the Asian American experience with the same fine art mastery and passion that made Howard Terpning a legend for his study of the Native American.Whether an epic work or intimate portrait, Situ’s art conveys the often overwhelming experience of emigrating and opening a new world.

The Powder Monkeys, Cape Horn, 1865 made its debut at the 2002 Masters of the American West Fine Art Exhibition and Sale at the Autry National Center in Los Angeles. It won the Master of the American West Award and was purchased for the permanent collection of the museum. It also won The Patrons’Choice Award and The Thomas Moran Memorial Award for Painting. In 2003, Mian Situ’s Golden Mountain—Arriving San Francisco, 1865 received The Thomas Moran Memorial Award for Painting,The Artist’s Choice and The Patron’s Choice awards. In 2004 The Toy Maker of Ross Alley, San Francisco won The Thomas Moran Memorial Award for Painting while The Patrons’Choice Award went to his work Everybody Loves a Cowboy. In 2005 Mian Situ was again awarded The Artist’s Choice Award, this time for his epic painting Word of God.

During Mao’s reign in China, artists were trained in the classic French and Russian styles of painting.
Mian Situ is widely recognized as one of the finest and most influential of these artists who have
made the journey from China across the Pacific.He exemplifies Greenwich Workshop’s mission to give
you the opportunity to possess the best.

Scott Usher
Publisher and President

The Powder Monkeys, Cape Horn, 1865

by Mian Situ

The California Gold Rush and the opening of the West drove economic interest and demand for a Transcontinental Railroad. In 1863, the Union Pacific began laying track from Omaha to the west while the Central Pacific Railroad Company headed east from Sacramento, California.The two rails would eventually connect on an historic day in May, 1869 in Promontory, Utah.The Central Pacific, plagued by labor and financial problems, laid down only 50 miles of track in the first two years.To compound their problems, the construction path now faced treacherous terrain that rose 7,000 feet into the high Sierras.

In his painting, The Powder Monkeys, artist Mian Situ honors the Chinese laborers who, in 1865, were hired for $28 per month to do the very dangerous work of blasting tunnels and laying tracks.The Chinese, using techniques they learned at home, were lowered in baskets by rope from the top of cliffs.They hand drilled holes into the granite and packed them with black powder (and later nitroglycerine) to blast tunnels.Many workers risked their lives and perished in the harsh winters and dangerous conditions.

Greenwich Workshop Fine Art Giclée Canvas:

limited to 25 s/n. 47"w x 41"h (unstretched).
$2750 $3345 CDN £1790 €2580
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The Golden Mountain—
Arriving San Francsico, 1865

by Mian Situ
Greenwich Workshop Fine Art Giclée Canvas:
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The Toymaker of Ross Alley,
San Francisco, 1906

by Mian Situ
Giclée Canvas
limited to 75 s/n. 37"w x 43"h (unstretched).
$1400 $1705 CDN £880 €1320
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