Show reveals transition of Chinese painting

By Lin Qi(
Updated: 2017-02-14 13:46:28

A 2016 painting by Chinese artist Yang Lizhou. [Photo provided to]

In the early 20th century, Chinese painters who had studied in Europe returned with the Western painting system, and they applied it to modernize Chinese painting. Sketching was one of the new methods they used to translate age-old ink art into a modern context.

Beauty is Life, an exhibition now at the National Art Museum of China, shows more than 400 Chinese paintings, oil paintings, lithography works and sculptures. It helps viewers to understand how sketching has helped Chinese artists to improve their works, in whatever mediums they are working.

Shown works include still lifes, landscapes and figures that have been created since 1949. They are on display through Feb 18.

Wu Weishan, director of the museum, says these artworks show social vitality over the past decades, and reveal how today's artists find beauty in everyday life.

A 1954 portrait of Chinese artist Qi Baishi by Wu Zuoren. [Photo provided to]

A 2015 painting by Chinese artist Fan Di'an. [Photo provided to]

A 1960 painting by Chinese artist Wu Guanzhong. [Photo provided to]

A 1953 painting by Chinese artist Qi Baishi.  [Photo provided to]

A 1979 portrait of a Uygur dancer by Quan Shanshi.  [Photo provided to]

A 2016 painting by artist He Jiaying. [Photo provided to]

A 1957 painting by Chinese artist Li Keran. [Photo provided to]

A 1998 work by Wu Weishan. [Photo provided to]

A 1980 bust by Liu Kaiqu. [Photo provided to]

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