The Pioneers of Modernity: Chinese Artists in Paris in the 1900s

The Pioneers of Modernity: Chinese Artists in Paris in the 1900s
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The Long Museum hosts a fascinating exhibition about Chinese artists that studied at the École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts in Paris, from the start of the 1900s, all through the Belle Époque, until after the end of the First World War. An artistic event that contributed to the evolution of Chinese art, from traditional language to a more modern one and which transformed several pioneers, explorers of new artistic languages, into experts of modernist culture within the Chinese art of the XX Century. On display, artists such as Xu Beihong, Lin Fengmian, Liu Haisu, Yan Wenliang, Chang Shuhong, Pang Xunqin, Wu Dayu and Chang Yu (Sanyu), who, in France, studied oil painting, drawing and sculpture, learning all about classical, realist and naturalist art at the Academy, as well as Western modernism. Thanks to this experience, they went on to contribute to the spread, in their homeland, of new artistic ideas, even entirely new lifestyles, far from the traditional reign of calligraphy and traditional Chinese landscape painting. An academic phenomenon with major impact, of era-changing significance, at the centre of this important study in collaboration with CAFA - the Central Academy of Fine Arts and the CAFA Art Museum.
Chiara Vedovetto - © 2019 ARTE.it for Bulgari Hotel Shanghai