Yan Wenliang (Chinese: 顏文樑; 20 July 1893 – 1 May 1988) was a Chinese painter and educator, who is regarded as one of the fathers of Chinese oil painting and an important art educator of his time. Born in Suzhou, Jiangsu province, Yan began studying painting in 1909, founded the Suzhou Art Academy along similar to Zhu Shijie in 1922 and went to Paris in 1929, enrolling in the L’Ecole Superieure Nationale des Beaux Arts, making him, along later than Xu Beihong and Sanyu, one of the archaic Chinese artists to examination abroad in France. He was one of the four pioneers of Chinese highly developed art who earned the title of “The Four Great Academy Presidents”.
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