Born to an affluent family in Beijing, after studying calligraphy during his childhood, the young painter enrolled at the Hangzou School of Fine Arts in 1935, where he studied traditional Chinese painting under Lin Fengmian. There, and despite the lessons he received on Western Art History, the artist became aware of the limited possibilities he would have in his native China to express himself freely as a painter, and in 1948 set off to Paris with his wife. It was in the French capital that he finally encountered the art he had only seen in reproductions, made acquaintance with the great artists of the time - Joan Miró, Alberto Giacometti and Pierre Soulages, who became his friends and supporters of his work. It was in Paris, too, where he developed the distinctive style that is unique to his paintings. By 1988, the year the present work was completed, the artist had been able to visit his homeland where he exhibited for the first time in 1983. Highly acclaimed on an international level, the painter now embraced the traditional training he had received at Hangzou and blended it with the abstract style he had acquired during his artistic development. The result in15.11.88 is a work of unique beauty and grace, where colours change subtly and ethereally epitomising the artist’s original command of the medium.
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