Exhibition: March 1, 2003 - May 24, 2003
Reception: March 6, 2003, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Culture Foundation is proud to present this first U.S. solo exhibition
of Lin Feng-mien.
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.
Lin returned to China a committed modernist. He became the director
of the National Hangzhou Art Academy, one of the most important
art schools in China. He attracted a large following of other
progressive artists and intellectuals, some of the most famous
20th century artists were his students; Li Keran (1907-1989),
Wu Guanzhong (b. 1919), and Zao Wouki (b.1921) - who still lives
and works in Paris.
of his life, Lin was inspired by his time in Europe. He early
on sought to reconcile the principles of traditional Chinese painting
and the Post Impressionist style of France. His work is a blend
of the School of Paris and Chinese scholar painting. Lin's work
is based on the hsieh i style, blended with the color and emotional
intensity of his French contemporaries. He began producing large
modernist oil paintings on canvas and soon came to his distinctive
melancholy and introspective style, synthesizing Chinese and Western
art. Usually working in the square format, his paintings show
a heavy emphasis on ink and color washes; compositions are tight
with little unpainted surface, and the application of bright color
is often a found feature. In the 1950s, all this was declared
"bourgeois, elitist and corrupt" by the Chinese communist party,
and was replaced with art based on Socialist Realism. Those who
championed "art for art's sake", like Lin, were seen as decadent.
Like many artists of his stature, he was incarcerated and struggled
against during this period. His paintings were burned and he was
even compelled to destroy his own works in order to avoid trouble.
In 1977 he left Shanghai and settled in Hong Kong where he lived
until his death in 1991.
curator, c-c-c- gallery
to Gloria Tai, Leland Jung, Y. Mei Lam, Darrell Leong and the
staff and board at CCC.
to Mr.Tchi Chu Woo, lender to the exhibition.