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Symposium on Liu Haisu, Pioneer of Modern Chinese Art

December 4, 2016 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Date and time: Sunday, December 4, 2:00-4:00pm
Speakers: Ms. Liu Chan, Mr. Chen Lusheng, Ms. Zhang Anna
Event fee: FREE
Location: 40 Rector Street, 2nd Floor, New York, NY 10006

Liu Haisu was a prominent twentieth-century Chinese painter and a noted art educator. He excelled at combining traditional Chinese painting methods with European techniques, especially those of van Gogh and Cézanne, and promoted this style as a model for revolutionizing art education in China. As the leader of art schools in Shanghai and Nanjing, Liu exerted extraordinary influence. The scion of a distinguished literary family, Liu studied calligraphy under Kang Youwei and traditional landscape and flower painting under Wu Changshi and Chen Hengke. He became one of the founders of the Shanghai Academy, the first art college in modern China. During the 1920s and ’30s he organized several important national and international exhibitions and toured Japan and Europe, where he studied Western techniques and exhibited his own works. As a teacher, Liu maintained that painters should combine a knowledge of formal art theory with their natural talent and personal judgment, a departure from the Chinese tradition of copying the compositions and techniques of old masters. His works in traditional Chinese style were free-flowing and brilliant in color.

To commemorate the 120th anniversary of his birth, The Renwen Society presents a special lecture on the art legend on Sunday, December 4, 2-4 pm. Speakers include:
Ms. Liu Chan, daughter of Liu Haisu, Guest Professor at Nanjing University of the Arts, Honorary President of the Liu Haisu Gallery in Changzhou
Mr. Chen Lusheng, Former Vice President of the National Museum of China
Ms. Zhang Anna, President of Changzhou Liu Haisu-Xiayiqiao Art Museum

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星期日, 12月4日,下午2:00PM-4:00PM
特邀: 劉蟾、陳履生、張安娜
地点: 40 Rector Street, 2nd Floor, New York, NY 10006



劉海粟從事美術教育及創作、研究達80年之久。17歲與烏始光、張聿光等創辦第一所美術專科學校——上海圖畫美術院(上海美專前身)。为美術界開創風氣:1914年始用裸體模特兒;首創大規模旅行寫生;推行現代派畫風,倡導自由研究的學術空氣。1920年11月,創辦中國近代史上第一本專門的美術理論刊物-《美術》雜誌,並獲魯迅讚譽。1921年12月,劉海粟應蔡元培先生邀請赴北京講演歐洲近代藝術,拜識康有為,從其學習書法。1929-1931年,刘海粟被派赴歐洲各國考察研究藝術,與馬蒂斯(Henri Matisse)、畢加索(Picasso)等名畫家交遊論藝。他遊歷歐洲多國,進行了大量寫生油畫與國畫創作,開辦展覽、巡回展十餘次。又在大學講解中國藝術,使中國文化震動全歐,被巴黎大學教授路易.賴魯阿(Louis Laeoy)稱為“中國文藝復興大師”。




December 4, 2016
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm


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40 Rector Street
New York, NY 10006 United States
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