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Chinese painting master Wu Guanzhong

06-29-2010 14:06 BJT

Wu Guanzhong, the father of modern Chinese painting, passed away in Beijing Hospital last Friday at the age of 91.

The master had painted various aspects of China, including much of its architecture, plants, animals, and people. He was a leading Chinese painter, art educator, and essayist whose painting represent the changing face of Chinese art for most of the 20th century.

Born in 1919, Wu was a native of Yixing in east China's Jiangsu Province.

An engineering major at the beginning, he transferred to the National Arts Academy of Hangzhou, in Zhejiang Province, studying both Chinese and Western painting.

In 1947, he went to France to further his study in western painting styles. After the founding of the People's Republic of China in 1949, he returned to the country and taught at the China Central Academy of Fine Arts and Tsinghua University.

Recognized at home and abroad as the father of modern Chinese painting, Wu integrated the Chinese ink and wash technique with western painting methods. Between the 1950s and 70s, he was dedicated to landscape oil painting and carried out a diligent exploration of localizing the western art in China. He tried to blend the straightforwardness and vitality of western oil with traditional Chinese spirituality in order to accomplish an ideal integration. Southern China's small towns of rivers and lakes were often the themes of Wu's works during that period. He gave the scenes of early spring, light fog, black roof and white walls a lyrical energy, a peaceful and pastel poetry.

Chinese painting master Wu dies at 91

Wu Guanzhong, the famous master of Chinese painting has passed away in Beijing Hospital at the age of 91. Full story >>

Photo:Some of Wu Guanzhong's work

Over the past decades, Wu has been engaged in integrating Chinese ink and wash with Western painting. He is widely recognized at home and abroad as the father of modern Chinese painting which is different from traditional painting. Full story >>

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