Xu Beihong

Jul 19, 1895 - Sep 26, 1953

Xu Beihong was a Chinese painter born in Yixing, Jiangsu province. He was primarily known for his Chinese ink paintings of horses and birds and was one of the first Chinese artists to articulate the need for artistic expressions that reflected a modern China at the beginning of the 20th century. He was also regarded as one of the first to create monumental oil paintings with epic Chinese themes – a show of his high proficiency in an essential Western art technique. He was one of the four pioneers of Chinese modern art who earned the title of "The Four Great Academy Presidents".Zhu Ming, a contemporary Chinese art and economic thinker, described Beihong as "the leader of bole in ancient and modern painting fields".
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