THE UNCONVENTIONAL MASTER OF CHINESE ART – Lin Fengmian: earning the title of The Four Great Academy Presidents.

Favoring a square format, employing bright hues.

Yo can visit its Xiangji Temple, built during the Northern Song Dynasty. Painter Lin Fengmian created its China Academy of Art. The town it sits at the head of bay, which separates Shanghai and Ningbo. Here, Hangzhou has been one of the most prosperous cities for much of the last millennium. The city’s West Lake (a UNESCO World Heritage site), is among its best-known attractions. Visiting Lou Wai Lou Restaurant (30 Gushan Road, Solitary Hill), between the longest standing restaurants in Hangzhou, you can find famous people (many celebrities has been to the restaurant for dinning).

Despite his use of Western visual language, his style is prized for being distinctively Chinese. Until he died in 1991, he occupied a series of modest apartments in his adopted city, Hong Kong, where enjoyed the freedom to do what he wanted, with a very low profile and quiet life. LIN FENGMIAN, Asian contemporary painting master, broke with the conventions of the time, working with rice paper and inks.

His artwork is featured in museum art collections, including The Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Art Gallery of New South Wales.He was an important innovator in the area of Chinese art education. He become a pioneer of modern Chinese painting for blending Chinese and Western styles. Born in a November day, 1900 in Ge Gong Ling village (Guangdong province) he displayed an early fascination for arts. LIN FENGMIAN went to France he connected with Chinese artists living in Paris, moving to the Ecole Nationale Superieure des Beaux-Arts. In 1923, he moved to Germany for a study tour.

Returned to China, he became the principal of the National Beijing Fine Art School, and in Hangzhou founded, the now called the China Academy of Art. Japanese soldiers destroyed many of his early works during the Sino-Japanese War. None only, many of his later works was destroyed during the Cultural Revolution, when he destroyed his own works flushing his works down the toilet. After his release, LIN FENGMIAN slowly began to recreate many of his previously destroyed works, until his death in Hong Kong, into an August day, 1991.

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