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Between Tradition and Modernity

The Art of Fan Tchunpi

September 07, 2013, through December 08, 2013
Fan Tchunpi, Pine Branches

Fan Tchunpi, Pine Branches, 1972, sumi ink over pencil on Japanese paper. Collection of the artist’s family. Photo by Matt Hamilton. 

Fan Tchunpi, White Mountain Landscape

Fan Tchunpi, White Mountain Landscape, about 1960, oil on canvas. Gift of Meng Chi Tsen, Chunglu Tsen, and Wen-ti Tsen, the artist’s sons; 2012.84. Photo by Matt Hamilton. 

Fan Tchunpi, Self-Portrait

Fan Tchunpi, Self-Portrait, 1937, oil on canvas. Collection of the artist’s family. Photo by Matt Hamilton. 

Fan Tchunpi, Blind Beggar with Child

Fan Tchunpi, Blind Beggar with Child, 1936, watercolor and sumi ink over pencil on thin off- white Chinese paper. Collection of the artist’s family. Photo by Matt Hamilton. 

This exhibition explores the extraordinary life and work of Fan Tchunpi (1898–1986), one of the most important and prolific Chinese artists of the modern era. As the first solo exhibition of the artist's work since her 1984 retrospective at the Musée Cernuschi (Asian Art Museum) in Paris, Between Tradition and Modernity examines Fan Tchunpi's search for an artistic language that would speak for the self and the nation in an age of crisis, war, and revolution. The oil paintings, works on paper, and ceramics on display in this exhibition demonstrate her efforts to create a dynamic synthesis of Chinese and Western artistic traditions and techniques, while also reflecting the turbulent age in which she lived.
This exhibition was organized by the Hood Museum of Art and generously supported by Donna and Charles Reilly, Class of 1953, and the William B. Jaffe and Evelyn A. Hall Fund.
Curated by Michael R. Taylor, Director / Xinyue Guo, Kathryn Conroy Intern, Programming

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Michael Taylor, Director, and Xinyue Guo, Dartmouth Class of 2014
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Take a guided tour of the exhibition Between Tradition and Modernity: The Art of Fan Tchunpi

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