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Wu Zuoren was born in Suzhou City, Jiangsu Province, China, in 1908 and
died in 1997. He started his studies at the Department of Fine Arts of
Shanghai University in 1927.
The prominent Chinese painter Xu Beihong
recommended him for studies in Europe, and Wu studied painting in Paris
in 1929 and in 1935 graduated from Belgium's Royal Institue of Fine
Arts, honored with Laureate Student. He returned to China in 1935 and
taught at the Central University, then located in Nanjing. In 1946 Wu
and Xu Beihong took over leadership of the Beiping State Academy of Arts,
where he was professor and dean of studies.
He had painting
exhibitions in Britain, France and Switzerland in 1947. His Grazing on
Tibetan Grassland in traditional style of bruch work won the Gold Medal
at the Paris Grand Exhibition in 1982. He won a French literary and art
order of honor in 1985, and in 1988 he was honored with a top level
Belgian royal honorary order. He served as president and honorary
president of the Central Academy of Fine Arts of China and president of
the Chinese Artists Association.
His masterpieces include Foziling
Reservoir, Portrait of Qi Baishi, Sanmen Gorge on Yellow River, and
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