New hall of Xu Beihong Memorial to rebuild

19:53, August 06, 2010      

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A visitor appreciates galloping horse paintings created by Xu Beihong at Xu Beihong Memorial in Beijing, capital of China, Aug. 2, 2010. Famous Chinese artist Xu Beihong was born into a poor painter's family in Yixing, east China's Jiangsu Province, in 1895. He learned traditional Chinese painting early in his childhood and dedicated himself to creative art and to art education when he returned home from abroad. Xu is best known for his galloping horses. His Chinese traditional paintings, oil paintings and sketches cover a wide range of topics including human figures, birds, animals, flowers and landscapes. In his works it is expressed rich national flavor with a high level of Chinese and western painting technique. Xu Beihong is lauded as the founder of China's realistic art education and as the father of China's modern painting. Xu Beihong Memorial, with a total area of 3,700 square meters, was set up in Beijing in 1983. It was built to replace the old one at his residence, which was opened in 1954 soon after his death. The memorial stores and displays Xu's traditional Chinese paintings, oil paintings, sketches, rough sketches, and other collections all year round. A new hall of the memorial is planed to rebuild to meet the demands of visitors. (Xinhua/Ye Pingfan)

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