Friendship in Art: Fou Lei and Huang Binhong

Claire Roberts

in Friendship in Art

Published by Hong Kong University Press

Published in print June 2010 | ISBN: 9789888028405
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9789882207738 | DOI:
Friendship in Art: Fou Lei and Huang Binhong

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This chapter discusses the friendship of Fou Lei and Huang Binhong, which can be linked to Chinese art. Binhong believed that it would take years before his art would be understood, and thanks to the Cultural Revolution, there are more practitioners of brush-and-ink painting than oil painting. It is noted that Lei and Binhong explored the common ground within and between literature and art, Chinese and Western cultures, and the past and the present. However, it is their friendship that reminds people of the intrinsic importance of art. It also embodies a joint endeavour to find contemporary relevance and meaning for Chinese scholarly and cultural traditions in the twentieth century and beyond.

Keywords: friendship; Fou Lei; Huang Binhong; Chinese art; Cultural Revolution; brush and ink; oil painting; art; traditions

Chapter.  3286 words. 

Subjects: Society and Culture

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