Wu Guanzhong8 (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 Potala Palace, 1961
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  • Wu Guanzhong8 (吳冠中, 1919–2010)

    1. 1. http://www.authorstream.com/Presentation/michaelasanda-1814420-wu-guanzhong8/
    2. 2. Museum in 1992, which was the first fora living Chinese artist.Wu Guanzhong introduced aspects ofWestern art to his students at theCentral Academy of Art in Beijing. TheAcademy was known to have beendominated by social realism and Wuwas called "a fortress of bourgeoisformalism". Refusing to conform topolitical dogma, he was transferredfrom academy.At the start of the Cultural Revolutionin 1966, he was banned from painting,writing and teaching, and in 1970 wassent to Hebei Province for hard labor.Wus paintings have the color sense andformal principles of Western paintings,but a spirit and tonal variations of inkthat are typically Chinese. Naturalscenery is reduced to its essentials -simple but powerful abstract forms. Hehas had solo exhibitions in major artgalleries and museums around theworld, including mainland China,Hong Kong, Singapore, Tokyo, Taipei,Korea, England, and the USA.As the artist WuGuanzhong, oncesaid,“There is noboundary interms of art; artbelongs to theworld, not to acertain nation orcountry.”Wu Guanzhong ( 吳 冠 中 , 1919–2010) isone of the best known contemporarypainters of Chinese origin. Wu haspainted various aspects of Chinaincluding much of its architecture,plants, animals, people, as well as manyof its landscapes and waterscapes in astyle reminiscent of the impressionistpainters of the early 1900s.He has published collections of essaysand dozens of painting albums. Hispaintings were exhibited at the British
    3. 3. YoungTibetan,1961Tibet female mayor, 1961
    4. 4. Tibetanwoman,1961Tibetanman,1961
    5. 5. Tibetan, 1961
    6. 6. Tibet cultural and educational,1961During his years inFrance, Wu drewinspiration from suchgreats as Utrillo, Braque,Matisse, Paul Gauguin,Cézanne and Picasso.Nevertheless, Van Goghwas by far his greatestidol. He studied his lifeand greatly admired hiswork.
    7. 7. TwoTibetans,1961
    8. 8. Tibet Jokhang Temple, 1961
    9. 9. Tibet Tashilhunpo monastery, 1961
    10. 10. Tibet Potala Palace, 1961During his 2008interview with CRI,Wu mentioned aletter written byVan Gogh that hehad read, andwhich promptedhim to leave Francefor China after MaoZedong announcedthe establishment ofthe PeoplesRepublic.
    11. 11. In the famous letter, VanGogh wrote to his brother:“Wheat should be grown ina place where it can growwell.“ It was this thoughtthat inspired Wu to returnhome - to the place where hebelonged - to live and paintthere
    12. 12. Lhasa Dragon King LakeUnfortunately, lifeback in China wasvery different fromwhat he expected.Wu worked teachingart classes atdifferent universitiesaround the country.
    13. 13. Sapporo wooden temporary bridge, 1961 Mountains give way
    14. 14. Himalayanfoothills
    15. 15. Lhasa Festival
    16. 16. Food Market in Lhasa, 1961
    17. 17. Lhasa food market, 1961He taught studentsabout the greatWestern artists, suchas Cezanne, and ofcourse Van Gogh. Butit wouldnt be longbefore the prevailingpolitical atmospheremade it dangerousto talk aboutmanifestations of thecorrupt Westernculture.
    18. 18. Sisters-in-law, 1961Tibetan militia, 1961
    19. 19. The streets of Lhasa (b)1961This development was ahuge blow for Wu, whofrom then on feltunable to teach art theway he saw it andwanted his students tosee it. At the beginningof the CulturalRevolution, he wasforbidden to paint,write or teachanything related toWestern arts.
    20. 20. Tibetan women
    21. 21. The streets of Lhasa (b)1961Later, as part of the re-education through laborprogram, Wu wasseparated from hisfamily and sent to alabor camp. After twoyears, he was allowed topaint on the weekends.Those years constitutedthe most productiveperiod of his career,when he paintednumerous landscapes..
    22. 22. “Prepare for universal suffrage" was created in 1961
    23. 23. Peoples Democratic TibetWu was also a firm believer inthe test of time, saying itwould show the true value ofhis work. Nevertheless, theartist never cared for wealth,even when his masterpieceswere fetching record prices atChinese art auctions.
    24. 24. The streets of Lhasa (c)1961In fact, Wu donated aset of paintings worthan estimated 53million USD to theSingapore Art Museum.He also donated manyworks of art to theHong Kong Museum ofArts.
    25. 25. Tibets snow-capped mountains,1961
    26. 26. Tibetan yak, 1961
    27. 27. Tibet Sour Milk Drinking Festival
    28. 28. Tibet Sour Milk Drinking Festival
    29. 29. Tibetan Buddhist wall, 1961
    30. 30. Tibetan temples, 1961
    31. 31. Spring Rain
    32. 32. An ill wind
    33. 33. White Clouds and White Walls,2002
    34. 34. Spring color
    35. 35. A Tang Statue in Foguang Temple on Mount Wutai
    36. 36. Chickens by a Stump, 1974
    37. 37. Corn, 1953Fruit plate, 1975
    38. 38. Southwest Village
    39. 39. Mrs.ZhuBiqinportrait
    40. 40. Hometown of Lu Xun
    41. 41. Sound: Carlos Nakai & Nawang Khechog - HeartText and pictures: InternetCopyright: All the images belong to their authorsPresentation: Sanda Foi oreanuşwww.slideshare.net/michaelasanda