Chen Baoyi (1893-1945) - 1930 Portrait of the Artist Guan Zilan (National Art Museum of China, Beijing)
72.5 x 60.5 cm.
Born in Shanghai in 1893, Chen traveled to study art under Fujisima Takeji in Japan in 1913, graduated from Tokyo Art School in 1921 and returned to China later year. Chen then taught at several institutions including Xinhua Art School, Shenzhou Girls’ School and Shanghai Fine Art School. He then established Xiyang Art School at his private residence where he started to write about art and taught western painting. In 1942, he published an article on the western painting movement in Shanghai Art Exhibition monthly. His solo exhibitions include Baoyi Individual Exhibition at Shanghai Ningbo Town’s Fellow Association, Shanghai (1925) and Individual Exhibition for Chen Baoyi at the Lida Institute in 1927. in 1939, he held a Joint Oil Painting Exhibition together with Zhou Bichu, Song Zhongyuan, Zhu Qizhan and Qian Ding at the Gallery of Shanghai Daxin Company. He passed away in Shanghai in 1945.