Chen Bingxin (陈冰心)

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chenbingxinChen Bingxin (1928) was born in Huangyan, Zhejiang Province. He was influenced by his family since he was a child and loved calligraphy and painting. And yet, his family was poor when he was young. He first studied at the Taizhou Agricultural School and then entered the Provincial Taizhou Normal University's Art Department. He graduated from the Painting Department of the East China Branch of the Central Academy of Fine Arts in 1953 and studied under famous teachers such as Pan Tianshou and Huang Binhong. Due to his excellent grades, he was assigned to teach at the East China Art College in Wuxi, Jiangsu Province.

In 1962, Chen created a large-scale historical painting "Jiangsu People Support the Boxer Rebellion" (江苏人民声援义和团) to express the Chinese people's revolutionary spirit of resisting foreign aggression and constantly striving for self-improvement. The work was exhibited in the Nanjing Museum and attracted thousands of people. However, what he didn't expect was that just because of this painting, he was "convicted" and imprisoned during the Cultural Revolution, and his wife, a teacher, was also innocently implicated and tortured to death. The youngest son among the four children was taken away by someone unknown and his whereabouts are still unknown; the eldest son Chen Xiaobing had a high fever late one night and inexplicably fell out of the third-floor window and became disabled. In 1980, Chen Bingxin was completely rehabilitated. "Jiangsu People Support the Boxer Rebellion" was re-hanged in the Nanjing Museum and once again became an artistic work of patriotic education.

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