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 Yanshao Lu  (1909 - 1993)

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Lived/Active: China      Known for: landscape scroll painting, calligraphy

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Also known as Lu Yan Shao, Yanshao Lu was a landscape artist whose style was "swift, brisk and overpowering and received much critical acclaim in the late 20th century.  His coloring was unconventional, bright and heavy.  He liked to use Western red pigment to color the fruits he painted.  His landscape painting was done with fine and delicate strokes, classical, long roll, style.  The trees were very lifelike and vivid. 

In 1927, he began study under Wang Tongyu, a former scholar-official of the imperial court i the Qing period who had settled at Nanxiang, and under Shanghai painter Feng Chaoran on the recommendation of Wang.  Lu gained much grounding in traditional Chinese painting by making copies.

His paintings are in the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, Hunting Archive of Buddhist and Asian Art at Ohio State University.  In his home town of Jiading in Shanghai, China, the Lu Yanshao Art Academy was opened on June 26, 1999, the 90th birthday anniversary of the artist.  It is a place for collecting and studying paintings and calligraphic works by Lu Yanshao, and also generally a place to enrich Chinese culture.

The Academy, located with the Confucius Temple of the Song Dynasty, the Fahua Pagoda and the Ming Dynasty Qiuxia Garden, is part of the cultural landscape of Jiading.  Inside the yard, there are lush flowers and plants, bamboos, rock formation, zigzagging corridors and bridges, and they form a harmony with the corridors of calligraphic works by Lu Yanshao, like a long scroll of landscape painting. The construction area of the academy is 2,319 square meters. The main building has two stories. The first floor of the eastern building, 400 square meters, is the hall of general exhibitions, which could be used for organizing various exhibitions as Chinese paintings, oils and sculptures.  The second floor, 230 square meters, is the exhibition hall featuring the masterpieces of Lu Yanshao collected by the Academy, where the calligraphic and painting works of Lu Yanshao are on display.  The last studio - Wanqing Studio -- used by Lu Yanshao was restored.  In the Wanqing Studio, painting and calligraphic tools used by Lu Yanshao, pictures of his artistic activities, manuscripts and posters are on display. On the second floor, there is also an over 100-square-meter, fully equipped lecture hall, which could be used for various high-level academic activities. The western building has a small exhibition hall, a gallery and classrooms. On the 47-meter-long corridor of stone tablets inscribed with calligraphic works of Lu Yanshao, more than 30 of his masterpiece calligraphic works were inscribed, displaying his unique and beautiful calligraphic art.


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