Themed as “Pioneer Road: Artists Studying in France and Modern Chinese Art”, the art exhibition opens at Long Museum in Chongqing on June 19th. Jointly sponsored by the CAFA Art Museum and the Long Museum, the exhibition focuses on artists who ever study in France in the first half of the 20th century. The exhibition will open to the public for free until September 1st.
On the exhibition, it shows 141 paintings, sculptures and research materials created by 42 artists including Xu Beihong. The rest exhibits come from collections of nearly 40 public art galleries, private art galleries, artists' families and private collectors. These artists have accepted the Western academism’s classicism and realism art, and brought new art categories and art concepts such as oil painting, sculpture and sketch to Chinese art in the 20th century, thus becoming an important group active in the first half of the 20th century in China.
The painter Xu Beihong has a rare oil painting on shown - “Family Portrait of Yang Zhongzi”. Xu Beihong vividly depicts the life of his friend Yang Zhongzi's happy and harmonious family life. The work is recognized as the most classic in the group portrait of Xu Beihong’s portrait painting.”