Essay about Wu Guanzhong : A Contemporary Chinese Artist

1617 Words Nov 16th, 2016 7 Pages
Wu Guanzhong is a contemporary Chinese artist was born on August 29, 1919 and died on June 25, 2010. His works emphasize form and artistic conception through a combination of western and eastern aesthetics. In general, western art focuses on objective and established facts. However, eastern art pays more attention to mood. Wu shows both aspects in his work. Furthermore, Wu explored how to make oil paintings fit Chinese nationalization and the modernization of Chinese Painting. To answer these two questions, Wu created a unique style of painting, which used dots, lines and planes to create his artistic voice. Abstract Expressionism, Expressionism, Color Field Painting and traditional Chinese painting inspired Wu Guanzhong. So, his works are a summary and refinement of nature and he has a spirit of freedom and innovation. Overall, because of all of these features in his work, he created a new way of painting that unites western and eastern culture.
Wu Guanzhong was born in Yixing, Jiangsu province. Early in his career, he studied electrical engineering at Zhejiang Industrial School in Hangzhou. But later, he fell in love with art, so he went to Hangzhou National College of Art to study both Chinese and Western painting. At that time, he studied under Pan Tianshou and Lin Fengmian, who were very famous artists in China. After he graduated, he had the opportunity to study in France at the Ecole Nationale Superieure des Beaux Arts with a scholarship from the government. When he…

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