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Wu Guanzhong (吴冠中)

Wu Guanzhong (1919-2010) was from Yixing, Jiangsu Province. After his graduation from the National Art Training School in Hangzhou in 1942, he taught at National Chongqing University. In 1947, he went to France, to study oil painting at the Ecole Nationale Superieure des Beaux-Arts in Paris. After his return in 1950, Wu held teaching positions at the Central Art Academy, Qinghua University and the Beijing Normal Arts Academy. He was sent to a labour camp during the Cultural Revolution. His last position was that of professor with the Central Industrial Art Academy.

Wu, who specialized in oil painting and Chinese painting, has had a number of exhibits in China and abroad. A painting by Wu of the Three Gorges in the Yangzi River hangs in the Great Hall of the People in Beijing.

Sources:

David Barboza, "Once denounced, painter has China's eye", International Herald Tribune (6 October 2005)

Chen Lusheng, Xin Zhongguo meishu tushi - 1949-1966 [The Art History of the People's Republic of China - 1949-1966] (Beijing: Zhongguo qingnian chubanshe, 2000) [in Chinese]

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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