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In China, the how-to books on oil painting often feature bold, brushy paintings of everyday scenes. Here's a painting of an ordinary hair styling salon. Sorry, I don't know the name of the artist.
These appear to be painted from life, and they have a refreshing directness and simplicity. Judging from the historical books in the art bookshops, the approach is inspired by Fechin, Repin, Menzel, and Zorn.
By the way, the squatting guy above is working a popcorn cannon. Here's one in action (Thanks, SteveC):
Thanks, Gary Geraths for the scans
Previously on GJ: Chinese Drawing