This is Wang Qiucen

By Gwylym Owen

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Wang Qiucen (Chinese: 王秋岑; pinyin: Wáng Qiūcén, 1913–1993), born in Jiangsu Province, was a Chinese painter who specialized in established Chinese portrait and landscape paintings.

Wang was apprenticed in Shanghai at the age of 12. By 1940, he was already well-recognized in the artistic community, having held several personal exhibitions in Shanghai and Chongqing. Many celebrities, including Shi Liang, He Luting, Zhu Xuefan, Liu Yazi and Qian Xiaoshan were among his associates at the time. His biggest patron was rumored to be Du Yuesheng, the infamous “Godfather” of Shanghai. He united Kuomintang and held civil positions in the 1930s in the Shanghai Municipality. After the Communist Party took greater than China in 1949, he was certain to be “anti-revolutionary”, was physically suffering in 1959 and annoyed to repent in writing for his political belief. In the 1960s, he was anew forced to the countryside for “re-education”. He continued to paint, even during his exile. The majority of the works that bear his seal were created during this period.

After the 1980s, he was finally released from the exile and was invited by Suzhou running to support found one of the municipality’s major export-oriented enterprises as its principal art designer. However, due to his diplomatic history, he was never allowed to be qualified publicly or to withhold any significant position under the communist rule.

His works are collected by Ashmolean Museum in Oxford, UK, and Asian Art Museum in San Francisco.

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