This lecture gives introduction to one outstanding school of contemporary Chinese art during the 1930's- the Shanghai school.

Bo Songnian, China Fine Arts Academy professor and author of many art related books such as China Art History and China Folk Art History. The lecture will be in Chinese with English interpretation.

Venue: China Culture Center, Chaoyang District, Beijing, China.


CCC invites different professors, artists and critics to give lectures on Chinese art history from antiquity to present days.

This 20th Century Contemporary Chinese Painting Series includes:

Haipai (Shanghai School) painters, including artists Ren Bonian (1840-1896), Wu Changshuo (1844-1927), etc.

Jingpai (Beijing School) painters, including artists Qi Baishi and others

Lingnan (Cantonese School) painters: Gao Jianfu, Gao Qifeng, Chen Shuren, Guan Shanyue.

Reformists, including Xu Beihong and Lin Fengmian
  • A Ren Bonian's work

    "Birds & Flowers" painting by Wu Changshuo

    As a direct consequence of the Opium War (1840-42), the treaty port of Shanghai emerged as one of the most cosmopolitan and commercially vibrant cities in nineteenth-century China. (1) English traders arrived first and were soon joined by an ever-increasing number of Western traders and missionaries, many of them French and American. Extensive concession areas located in the north of the old Chinese walled city were made available for British, French, and other foreign settlements.

    From the 1850s on, each new social disturbance in the interior sent tens of thousands of Chinese refugees, including numerous wealthy landowners from the Jiangnan area, to Shanghai, seeking protection under the English and French flags. With this trend, professional artists immigrated to the city in search of patrons, and their presence added to a burgeoning art scene and the development of an eclectic urban aesthetic that came to be known as the Shanghai school of painting (haipai).

    Ren Bonian (courtesy name Ren Yi, 1840-1896), among the most celebrated of the Shanghai school painters, arrived in the enclave in 1868 from his native Shanyin (present-day Shaoxing, Zhejiang Province) and rapidly emerged as one of the city's most prolific and popular artists.


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