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Retrospective exhibition of the Lingnan Art School

Release time:19-02-01

In the Early 20th century,Lingnan Painting School—a painting school with its slogan of "Art Revolution" was born in the intenserevolutionary atmosphere of the Guangdong.

During development course of one hundredsof Lingnan Painting School, there were many excellent artists. Founder of theSchool, namely Gao Jianfu, Gao Qifeng and Chen Shuren, known as the"Two Gao's and One Chen", were members of the China AllianceCommittee, who follow Dr. Sun Yat-sen in the early period ofrevolt against the Qing Dynasty and gained outstanding exploit. Because oftheir advanced pursuit in politics and dissatisfaction in the conservativetradition of Chinese art circle at that time. They use the reformation of Japanfor reference,advocated an art revolution. They found andput forward the theory of "Compromisebetween Chinese and Foreign, in Ancient and Modern Time". Huge momentum and influence were made amongthe art circle in China then.

The second-generation representative of theSchool like Guan Shanyue, Li Xiongcai, Zhao Shao’ang, Huang Shaoqiang, YangShanshen and so on have inherited and developed the revolutionary thinking of"Two Gao's and One Chen". Focused on times and society and think over inheritance and innovativedevelopment of Chinese paintings. They practiced the motto "Ink ShouldFollowed Times" , "Make the Past Serve the Present and Foreign ThingsServe China" and opened a new page for the School with their individualstyles, becoming outstanding icons in Lingnan and contemporary Chinese artcircle.

For promoting Lingnan Painting School anddevelopment of Lingnan culture. We thus established the assort gallery—Galleryof Lingnan Painting School. "Masterpieces of Lingnan School ofPainting" are held at the gallery. Classic works collection of thesemasters in Guangzhou Museum of Art are exhibited in these Permanent rotationexhibitions in order to promote in-depth researches on Lingnan art history.