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Exhibition salutes late painting master Wu

07-09-2010 08:59 BJT

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At the National Art Museum of China, a painting exhibition is paying tribute to Wu Guanzhong, the father of modern Chinese painting. Wu passed away in Beijing on June 25th at the age of 91. So, let's visit the exhibit and pay tribute to this remarkable artist.

Sixty-two works are on display: 16 are from the museum's own collection, and 46 are donations from the master himself. The watercolors include his earlier creations "Buddha Statues at Foguang Temple," "Geese on Taihu Lake," and "Water-town" - all drawn in the late 1970s and 80s.

Prof. Shao Dazhen, from Central Academy of Fine Arts, said, "The colors are strong here and thin there. The coloring of painting resembles a musical suite."

Ink washes made during the late 1990s are represented through a piece called "Night of Metropolis." This work along with oil paintings like "Weeds" and "Day and Night" are the artistic achievements of Wu attempts to modernize ink washes and localize oil paintings.

At the National Art Museum of China, a painting exhibition is paying tribute to Wu Guanzhong, the father of modern Chinese painting.
At the National Art Museum of China, a painting exhibition is paying tribute to Wu
Guanzhong, the father of modern Chinese painting.

Fan Di'an, director of National Art Museum of China, said, "In oils and watercolors, Wu Guanzhong has displayed a mastery of contemporary times and art, an integration of his own emotions toward life and artistic exploration."

The exhibition also includes some of Wu's old paintings tools, such as a palate he used for decades. And there's a selection of archives to provide a comprehensive view of the leading Chinese painter, art educator, and essayist whose paintings represent the changing face of Chinese art for most of the 20th century.

The Wu Guanzhong exhibition runs until August the 2nd.


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