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Sun Zongwei (孙宗慰)

Sun Zongwei (1912-1979) was from Changshu, Jiangsu Province. In his youth, he already practiced drawing. He entered the Art Department of the Central Art School in 1934 and took up teaching. While a student, he gravitated to the progressive student movement and studied Marxist art theory. In the early years of the war, he joined the propaganda work organized by Guo Moruo and went to the front to sketch war scenes. He was present at the Battle of Tai'erzhuang. In 1940, he became an assistant of Zhang Daqian and joined the research team working on the Thousand Buddha Cave at Dunhuang, Gansu Province. Later, he went to Qinghai Province. In 1942 he returned to Chongqing to teach at the Chinese Art Academy. He joined Xu Beihong at the National Peiping Art Academy in 1946. In 1956, he became a professor at the Central Drama Academy.

Sun is known for his proficiency in both oil painting and Chinese painting. Some of his works have been included in the collection of the China Art Institute.

Sources:

Michael Sullivan, Modern Chinese Artists - A Biographical Dictionary (Berkeley, etc: University of California Press, 2006)

Zhongguo meishuguan (ed.), 中国美术年鉴 1949-1989 (Guilin: Guangxi meishu chubanshe, 1993)

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