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Xu Beihong: Pioneer of Modern Chinese Painting

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Renwen Society at China Institute

100 Washington Street

New York, NY 10006

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Known as the father of modern Chinese painting, Xu Beihong (1895-1953) was a pre-eminent artist and art educator with an enduring legacy that has shaped the Chinese art scene to this day.

Xu attended the École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts in France on a government scholarship from 1919 to 1921, followed by study sojourns in Germany, Belgium, Italy, and Switzerland where his exposure to Western art expanded. Returning to China in 1927, he gave Chinese painting a new lease of life by integrating the methods and techniques unique to Western painting with the traditional Chinese approaches. He was also the first Chinese artist to introduce European-style sketching from life and oil painting into the regular curricula of China’s leading art schools. His unequaled influence survived his untimely demise in 1953, through his deathless masterpieces, his pedagogical philosophy, and the collective contributions of his students to artistic China.

At this lecture, Xu Fangfang, daughter of Xu Beihong, will present her newly published memoirs, ‘Galloping Horses: Artist Xu Beihong and His Family in Mao’s China’, an account of Xu Beihong’s family and legacy in the context of the turbulent Mao era.

Xu Fangfang graduated from Beijing’s Preparatory Music High School affiliated to the Central Conservatory of Music in piano performance. She moved to the United States in 1981 and earned a B.A. in history from the University of California, Berkeley, and an M.B.A. from Stanford University. In 2000, she became the founding director of the Music Department at Renmin University of China. She helped initiate and facilitate the first comprehensive solo U.S. exhibition of Xu Beihong’s works at the Denver Art Museum, Oct. 2011-Jan. 2012. She has published several articles on Xu Beihong and his art.

A book signing will follow her talk.

The event will include a video, Xu Beihong Lives in the Hearts of the People, produced by the Liao Jingwen Foundation for the Xu Beihong: Pioneer of Modern Chinese Painting exhibition, Oct. 2011-Jan. 2012.

The lecture will be delivered in Chinese.

Free, but advanced registration is requested.

More at http://chineselectures.org/031818.html

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