14 facts about Rèn Xióng

By Gwylym Owen

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Ren Xiong (Chinese: 任熊; pinyin: Rèn Xióng; July 19, 1823 – November 23, 1857) was a Chinese painter from Xiaoshan, Zhejiang, active during the late Qing dynasty. Ren belonged to the Shanghai School in Chinese painting and is known for his bold and advanced style.

His brother was the painter Ren Xun.

According to the scholar Meccarelli, the particular definition of pictorial naturalism, might result from contacts established with the art of photography, rather than a “simple” assimilation of Western painting techniques and models.

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