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Lin Feng-mien was born in 1900 in Meixian in China's southern province of Guangdong, and was one of the earliest Chinese artists to study in Europe. He arrived in Paris in 1919 and attended the Ecole des Beaux-Arts. While other Chinese artists of the 20th century embraced Western academic realism as their model, Lin immediately was inspired by the progressive Post Impressionist art movements and early on adopted European painting techniques. He was particularly drawn to the Fauve painters, especially Matisse, Marquet, Derain and Vlaminck.