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Chang Shu-Chi

1900 Pujiang, Zhejiang, China
1957 Piedmont, USA
1900: Pujiang, Zhejiang, China
1921: Shanghai, China
1924: Jinhua, Zhejiang, China
1926: Xiamen, Fujian, China
1930: Nanjing, China
1937: Chongqing, China
1941: Across North America and Canada
1945: Nanjing, China
1949-1957: Piedmont, California
1921-1924: Art Education Degree, Shanghai Art Academy, Shanghai
Selected work:
Hundred Doves-Messengers of Peace, 1940. Oil and color on silk mounted on paper, 64 x 160 in.
Bird and Lotus, 1941. Ink and color on paper
Lone Pine at Pebble Beach, 1950s. Ink and color on paper
Artist Bibliography:
Shu-Chi Chang. Painting in the Chinese Manner. Translated by Helen F. Chang. New York: The Viking Press, 1960.
Andrews, Julia F. and Kuiyi Shen. Chinese Painting on the Eve of the Communist Revolution: Chang Shu-chi and his Collection. 2006.
Chang Shu-chi gained international status during his lifetime, establishing himself as a proficient and innovative ink painter. Shu-chi held high profile teaching positions, notably at National Central University, Nanjing, where he was professor of Chinese painting. He was a member and founder of artists groups such as the Chinese Painting Society and Baishe, which respectively promoted Chinese traditions of painting and calligraphy and sought moral and artistic purity. War lead to his displacement across China and North America. However, his career did not suffer, and his travels brought him into contact with many of his artistic contemporaries. Chang’s work was later influenced by the Western realist styles with which his colleagues were already beginning to experiment. His approach would eventually incorporate Western naturalism and the unconventional use of white in his ink paintings. He exposed American audiences to Chinese art by offering demonstrations of ink painting and publishing books on the subject.
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