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Retrospective Show of Artist's Works

BEIJING, August 14 --Veteran woman painter Xiao Shufang, 90, is exhibiting more than 250 paintings she created during the past 75 years, according to today's China Daily.

The retrospective show opens at the China National Art Museum today and will run until next Wednesday.

Well known for her beautiful paintings blending watercolour and wash-ink techniques, Xiao, a retired professor of the Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing, is internationally recognized as one of the most outstanding woman artists in modern China.

Daughter of famous musician Xiao Youmei, founder of modern Chinese music, Xiao Shufang began to study Western painting in 1926 when she was a student at the art school of Beiping University (later known as Peking University) in Beijing.

In 1929, she began to study oil painting and drawing as a student of master artist Xu Beihong (1895-1953) at the art department of Central University in Nanjing.

In the early 1930s, she studied Chinese ink painting under the instruction of some famous artists such as Qi Baishi (1864-1957).

In 1937, she went to study woodcut, sculpture and oil painting in Europe and returned to become a professor at the National Beiping Art School (later named Central Academy of Fine Arts) together with her husband Wu Zuoren (1908-95) also an outstanding painter.

The exhibition will include 30 oil paintings she created in the 1920s, 16 ink paintings from the 1930-40s, 35 watercolours from the 1950s, more than 150 ink paintings done over the last 50 years, 12 replicas, and more than 40 documentary photographs.

The exhibition is jointly sponsored by the Chinese Artists Association, the Central Academy of Fine Arts, the Wu Zuoren International Fine Arts Foundation and the China National Art Museum.

-- source: Xinhua News Agency

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