For those lucky ones and get the chance to the Hong Kong Art Museum this Spring, ahead over to the ‘Wu Guanzhong: Painting-Dance-Music Exhibition’… which ends on April 15th.
Do you know (吳冠中, 1919–2010) is one of the best known contemporary painters of Chinese origin? His paintings were exhibited at the British Museum in 1992, which was the first for a living Chinese artist.
Born in Yixing (宜興), Wu traveled to Paris in 1947 to study at the École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux Arts on a government scholarship. Wu’s style reminiscent of the impressionist painters of the early 1900s with admiration for Braque, Matisse, Utrillo, Gauguin, Cézanne, Picasso, and especially for Van Gogh. ‘Wu’s paintings have the color sense and formal principles of Western paintings, but a spirit and tonal variations of ink that are typically Chinese. Natural scenery is reduced to its essentials.’
Wu introduced aspects of Western art to his students at the Central Academy of Fine Art in Beijing, where he taught from 1950 to 1953. He was appointed a Professor at the Central Institute of Arts and Crafts, Beijing in 1964. In 1991 Wu was made an Officier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French Ministry of Culture.
Whether you are impressed with Wu Guanzhong’s accomplishments to the art world, or just enjoy the spirit of his paint strokes like I do…I would like to imagine the inspiring life he had painting along side of the French artists in good old Paris.