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A Glimpse of the Famous Horse Painter Xu Beihong’s Life (Part 2)

Born on July 19, 1895, in Yixing, Jiangsu, Xu Beihong began learning painting from his father at a young age. He later moved to Shanghai to work part-time while continuing his studies, eventually traveling to Japan and France to further cultivate his artistic abilities. The Louvre Museum in France had a profound impact on Xu ...

Mikel Davis

Horse painting by Chinese artist Xu Beihong.

A Glimpse of the Famous Horse Painter Xu Beihong’s Life (Part 1)

In the spring of 1937, as the flamboyant kapok flowers adorned the streets of Hong Kong, Professor Hui Tat-Seng, Director of the Chinese Department at the University of Hong Kong, carefully navigated the fallen blossoms, hurrying back home. As soon as Professor Hui entered his courtyard, he called out: “Beihong!” It turned out that the ...

Tatiana Denning

Self-portrait of Chinese artist Xu Beihong.