Landscape Scroll Painting by Huang Binhong

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Huang Binhong, Biography of a Master.

Huang Binhong (1864-1955)

Huang Binhong was born in Zhejiang Province, the grandson of the well regarded artist Huang Fengliu. Huang studied painting and then spent many years editing literary and art journals in Shanghai. Huang Binhong taught painting at fine arts colleges in Shanghai and Beijng until he moved to Hangzhou in 1948 where he taught at the West Lake Art College.

Huang Binhong was a master of freehand landscape painting and he was well versed in the works of the great masters of the past. Though he imitated many of their techniques, Huang Binhong experimented with the use of ink and stroke. He achieved effects with shading and layering that have seldom been equaled
. Huang Binhong achieved a simple yet profound effect in his landscapes by the use of thick dark ink over which he applied light or heavy coloring. His work was also known for its powerful brushwork and its fresh approach to composition.

In 1953 on his 90th birthday, Huang Binhong was awarded the title of "Outstanding Painter of the Chinese People." After his death in 1955, a Huang Binhong Museum was established in his home in Hangzhou.

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