Wu Guanzhong | the artist

The artist Wu Guanzhong
Born Aug 29 1919, Yixing, Jiangsu, China.
Died June 25 2010, Beijing, .
Style and technique of the artist: Painting,

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He was an inspiration for many Chinese artists, even to this day and one of the most important forces in modern Chinese art."

In 1935, wu left technical college and joined the Hangzhou art college where he studied Chinese and western painting and became a fan of Vincent van Gogh and Paul Cezanne. In 1938, he adopted the pen name "Tu", which he uses on all his paintings to indicate a great intensity of character, half happy and half sad life and creations loaded with meaning...

perhaps the best-known contemporary Chinese painter in the world. His works, which assimilate Western elements with Chinese ones, have garnered praise among art circles and sell for incredibly high prices. But Wu believes a true masterpiece should stand the test of time and what makes a painting endure is its sentiment, rather than the actual techniques used. Although Wu Guanzhong is 90 years old this year, his passion for art is still strong. Let's follow our reporter Du Lijun to get closer to the artist...