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Donor: Ms. XU Jianbai


XU Jianbai (1925-) is a well-known woman artist specialized in modern oil paintings.  She studied in the U.S. after graduated from LIN Fengmian's art school. In early 1949, she returned to Hong Kong with her husband TAN Xuesheng, both participated in activities organized by the Human Art Club and made connection with the local art circle. XU taught at various art schools including Huanan Academy of Arts, Zhong Nan Art School and Guangzhou Academy of Arts, where many now famous painters learnt oil painting from her. Her works often display characteristics of the time and place she lived, and were exhibited and collected by museums around the world.

The six oil paintings generously donated by XU Jianbei's are all representational of her artistic styles: Rocks on Seashore and Ebbing Tide are her typical seascapes paintings depicting ocean waves as a reflection of her emotion. Lychee and Still Life with Wine Pot and Fish show not only XU's favourite selection of subjects, but also her interest on chiaroscuro (an art term referring to the artistic treatment to lightness and darkness) that she borrowed from Impressionists; on the other hand, she experimented with a mix of Realism, Abstract and even Fauvist influence in the colours, composition and brush strokes. XU also excelled in portrait paintings. Her subjects ranged from friends and families, to colleagues and students, and even any passersby like farmers and fishermen she encountered during her sketching outings, as in Return from Fishing and A Primary Student from a Fisherman Family.   

XU Jianbai (1925-)
Rocks on Seashore
1981
Oil on paper
Approx. 37 x 52 cm

 

XU Jianbai (1925-)
Ebbing Tide
1996
Oil on canvas
Approx. 89.3 x 120 cm

 

XU Jianbai (1925-)
Lychee
1984
Oil on canvas
Approx. 51.2 x 73.8 cm

 



XU Jianbai (1925-)
Still Life with Red Wine Pot and Fish
1999
Oil on canvas
Approx. 84 x 120.5 cm

 

XU Jianbai (1925-)
A Primary Student from a Fisherman Family
1961
Oil on paper
Approx. 59.9 x 45.3 cm

 



XU Jianbai (1925-)
Return from Fishing
1981
Oil on canvas
Approx. 79.4 x 114.3 cm

 

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