ee how Chinese art was depicted through Western brushstrokes at this exhibition in Shanghai exploring the influence of European styles on local paintings in the 20th century.
On now till June 9 at Long Museum West Bund, the “Pioneering: Chinese Artists Abroad in France and Chinese Modern Art” show consists of more than 40 paintings, sculptures, and research material by Chinese artists who studied in France during the 20th century and applied Western techniques to local art.
The exhibits are drawn from both public galleries and private collections, and bring together artists such as Lin Fengmian, Xu Beihong, and Yan Wenliang who attended the École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts in France. There they studied drawing, oil painting, and sculpture, as well as classical, realist, and naturalist art.
These artists eventually returned home and transferred their knowledge to Chinese art, where they introduced techniques such as sketching, watercolors, and sculpting to an arts scene traditionally bound to calligraphy and brush painting.
The exhibit also delves into how the artists were part of a larger group of Chinese students who went abroad during the late 19th century. Besides Western art, they learned about political, military, and economic subjects, bringing what they learned back home and eventually contributing to a modernist Chinese culture.
Tickets are ¥100 per person and the show is on everyday from 10am to 6pm, except Mondays. See below for more details.
Pioneering: Chinese Artists Abroad in France and Chinese Modern Art
Now till June 9, 10am to 6pm
Closed on Mondays
Long Museum West Bund
3398 Longteng Avenue
Nearest metro station: Middle Longhua Road