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 Shufang Xiao  (1911 - 2005)

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Lived/Active: China      Known for: Chinese flower painting

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BIOGRAPHY for Shufang Xiao
1911 (Zhongshan County, Guangdong Province)


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Biography from Shanghai Hosane Auction Co., Ltd.:
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Xiao Shufang was born in Zhongshan County, Guangdong Province in 1911.  She studied Chinese painting in Beijing in 1925.  In 1926, she enrolled in the Academy of Art in Beijing to study Western painting.  She then attended the art department of the Beiping Central University in Nanjing. 

In 1937, she went to Europe to study sculpture. On her return to China she worked in art schools and from 1949 taught watercolor, oil, and traditional Chinese painting at the Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing. 

Her work was widely exhibited in China and abroad, notably after 1979, when she traveled with her husband, Wu Zuoren, for a series of lectures and joint exhibitions in Asia, Europe, and the USA. 

After 1972, Xiao concentrated on Chinese flower painting, for which she is best known.  She worked in a style that fused watercolor techniques with the mogu ('boneless') manner of traditional Chinese painting, creating a world of luminous colors and translucent washes.

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