Fengmian Lin

Learn about FENGMIAN LIN (1900-1991), Chinese Paintings artist,their past and upcoming works offered at auction at Christie's

Born in Guangdong, China, Lin traveled to France in 1918 on a government sponsored work study program. During his seven years in France, Lin studied in Dijon and at L'Écôle National Supérieure in Paris learning Western drawing and painting techniques. Strengthening his academic training, his experience outside the classroom brought him in touch with the modern Western art movements of those days, such as Post-Impressionism, Fauvism and Primitivism. The works of Matisse and Modigliani in particular impressed the young artist, who began developing his own style, blending Western and Chinese traditions and techniques. His works were selected for exhibition in the Salon d'Automne in Paris (1924). Lin returned to China in 1925 where he was appointed Director of the Beijing National Art College (precursor to the Central Academy of Fine Art). At the invitation of Cai Yuanpei, Lin founded and became the first director of the Hangzhou National Art Academy. Later he led the New Art Movement and published extensive writings on Western and Chinese art. Important exhibitions include, Fung Ping Shan Library, The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong (1940), Modern Chinese Paintings, Musée Cernuschi, Paris (1946), Shanghai Art Museum, Shanghai (1962), City Hall, Hong Kong (1964), Musée Cernuschi, Paris (1979), National Museum of History, Taipei (1989). In 2007, an important retrospective exhibition titled A Pioneer of Modern Chinese Painting: the Art of Lin Fengmian was held by Hong Kong Museum of Art.

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