Wu Guanzhong6 (吳冠中, 1919–2010)


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Wu received artistic education in the Hangzhou National Arts Academy under guidance of such famous painters like Pan Tianshou (1897–1971) and innovative and impressionistic artist and educator Lin Fengmian (1900–1991) in the early 20th century. In 1947, Wu went to Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Beaux Arts of France. He also became the only one who decided to go back to an uncertain China to become “a plum blossom in the winter of one’s hometown instead of a rose in an already prosperous garden of others”.

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  • Wu Guanzhong, hit fishing boat, 1976
  • Wu Guanzhong Willow Tree, 1986 ink-and-colour-on-paper.
  • Wu Guanzhong6 (吳冠中, 1919–2010)

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    2. 2. Apart from being exhibited in the BritishMuseum (a rare tribute to living Asianartists), Metropolitan Museum, ChinaNational Art Museum and other majorgalleries, Wu also was made Officier del’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by theFrench Ministry of Culture in 1991 andbecame the first Chinese artist to beawarded the Médaille des Arts et Lettresby the Académie des Beaux-Arts del’Institut de France in 2002.       Unimpressed by the global trend ofcommercialization in arts, Wu donatedmost of his works to Singapore ArtMuseum and Hong Kong Art Museum.Wu is also famous for his outspokencriticism of the contemporary artisticscene of China, with such quotes as: “100Qi Baishi the painter cannot substitutefor one Lu Xun the critic”, “exploringone’s own feeling is like gettingpregnant, one has to run about to getit”,  ”the whole society is becomingshallow and crass, publications,galleries, exhibitions, you’d better call itrice-bowl scramble”. Wu Guanzhong (1919-2010)
    3. 3. Pinus Taiwanensis
    4. 4. Da Zhu River, Sichuan
    5. 5. “Abstract beauty isthe heart of thebeauty of figurativeart. It is a naturalthing to which weall respond. As achild loves to playwith a kaleidoscope,so everyone likespure form andcolor.”Wu Guanzhong
    6. 6. Rural houses of Guilin
    7. 7. Montmartre
    8. 8. A family by the gorge
    9. 9. SceneryofGuilin,1973
    10. 10. During the CulturalRevolution in themid-1960s Wu wasbanned by thegovernment frompainting andwriting about art forseven years; many ofhis early works weredestroyed.His family said hewas forced to readthe works ofChairman Mao to"correct his ideology".
    11. 11. Old Chongqing, 1997
    12. 12. In 1970, Wu and his wife were sent toseparate areas of the countryside to domanual labour. These were years offamine and social and political chaos inChina, but despite the privations Wumanaged to sketch or paint expressivelandscapes – including pictures ofchrysanthemums, sparrows andmountains, lakes, mulberry trees andfishing boats.Pavilionbeside thelotus pondReeds by the Li River
    13. 13. Water fall
    14. 14. Waterfall
    15. 15. “There is noboundary interms of art;art belongs tothe world, notto a certainnation orcountry.”WuGuanzhong
    16. 16. Lion Grove Garden, 1990Lion Woods, 1983Dress Up
    17. 17. Mountain Bamboo, 1975
    18. 18. The Li River, 1976 (Detail)
    19. 19. The Li River, 1976
    20. 20. The Charm of Lotus Pond, 2002Lotus under the sun, 2001
    21. 21. A banana graden of Xishuangbanna 1978 Love in Fangzhuang2002
    22. 22. New City, 1996
    23. 23. Painting Jiangnan5
    24. 24. Pines, 1995
    25. 25. Reflections, 1990
    26. 26. The Ruins of Gaochang II, 1987(His painting “the ruins of Gaochang” was sold on1.87 million Hong Kong dollars, which sets the recordto the international price of Chinese Painting from theliving artists)Chinese courtyard
    27. 27. Wall, 1993
    28. 28. White Poplar WoodsLofty mountains and pineFishing boats
    29. 29. Fishes in the Suzhou garden
    30. 30. A mountain village of Xibaipo
    31. 31. 1989 1994
    32. 32. The openingceremony ofWu GuanzhongMuseum of Art inYixing
    33. 33. A statue of Wu Guangzhong stands in front of the museum
    34. 34. Leaving YouthBehind, 2009
    35. 35. Hong Kong Museum of Art
    36. 36. Sound: Vanessa Mae - I Will Always Love YouText and pictures: InternetCopyright: All the images belong to their authorsPresentation: Sanda Foi oreanuşwww.slideshare.net/michaelasanda