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Xu Beihong

The most influential Chinese artist and art educator in twentieth-century China, Xu Beihong is widely known as the father of modern Chinese painting. Born into a poor family in 1895 in Yixing, Jiangsu Province, he learned Chinese classics and traditional Chinese painting from his father, a self-taught artist. Read More

Xu Fangfang

Xu Fangfang is artist Xu Beihong’s daughter. Born and raised in Beijing, China, Xu Fangfang graduated in piano performance from Beijing’s Preparatory Music High School affiliated to the Central Conservatory of Music. She moved to the U.S. in 1981 and earned a B.A. in history from the University of California, Berkeley, and an M.B.A. from Stanford University. In 2000, she became the founding director of the music department at Renmin University of China. She helped initiate and facilitate the first comprehensive solo U.S. exhibition of her father Xu Beihong’s work, presented by the Denver Art Museum, Oct. 2011-Jan. 2012. She has published several articles on Xu Beihong and his art, including “Xu Beihong, Pioneer of Modern Chinese Painting” in Arts of Asia 42, no. 1 (2012), and “Xu Beihong’s Life and Art,” in Xu Beihong: Pioneer of Modern Chinese Painting, Denver Art Museum, 2011.

Translation of the seal on Six Galloping Horses painted by Xu Beihong in 1942

SEAL: “Prince of the Eastern Sea”

Seals are stamped on letters and artworks as a personal signature. “Prince of the Eastern Sea” is one of Xu Beihong’s frequently used seals on his artworks.


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