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28 colour plates from Exhibition of French 19th Century Rural Landscape Paintings

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  • Description

    In March 1978 the National Gallery of China, now called the National Art Museum of China, held an exhibition of French 19th-century rural landscape paintings. The exhibition was organised by the French Ministry of Culture and included works by Millet, Courbet, Corot, Pissarro, and others. Xu Bing was then a student at the Central Academy of Fine Arts, very close to the National Gallery, and the exhibition made a deep impression on him. The rural landscapes and farm scenes depicted were reminiscent of his recent experience between 1974 and 1977 as an urban youth sent to the countryside for re-education. The style of the paintings was also familiar. Art instruction in China at that time followed a Soviet model, which was itself based on French Realism.

    This loose-leaf folder is one of three publications related to the exhibition published a year after the exhibition, in February 1979, by the People’s Fine Art Publishing House. It consists of 28 colour plates of paintings in the exhibition, ‘to allow more readers to see these important paintings, and to further the friendship and understanding of the peoples of China and France’.

  • Details

    Associated place
    AsiaChinaHebei province Beijing (place of publication)
    February 1979
    Associated people
    People's Fine Arts Publishing House (established 1951) (publisher)
    Material and technique
    25 x 35 cm sight size (height x width)
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    Lent by the Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing.
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  • Further reading

    Oxford: Ashmolean Museum, 28 February-19 May 2013, Xu Bing Landscape/Landscript: Nature as Language in the Art of Xu Bing, Shelagh Vainker, ed. (Oxford: Ashmolean Museum, 2013), no. 16c

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