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Han Leran exhibit opened at National Art Museum of China




An exhibit of artwork from late Chinese artist Han Leran opened at the National Art Museum of China in Beijing. The exhibition was held June 4 to 12.

Han Leran, an ethnic Korean, was born in a small village in China’s northeastern Jilin province in 1898. In his early years, he studied at the Shanghai Art technological academy. In 1929, Han furthered his studies in France and later sketched in countries including the Netherlands, Belgium and the UK. These experiences gave him a solid base for painting. He later came back home to contribute to promulgation of anti-Japanese imperialism during China’s anti-Japanese imperialism war. While preparing to indulge himself into archaeology, he died in an air disaster from Urumqi to Lanzhou in 1947.

Han’s artistic characteristic initiates a new way to depict the beauty of the cultural heritages and local customs in China’s northwest. Starting in the 1940s, he travelled around northwest regions including Xinjiang, Gansu and Qinghai to portray the local traditions.Han traveled to Dunhuang and Xinjiang twice, imitating murals using oil painting and watercolor painting for the first time in China’s art history. He thoroughly investigated the artistic characteristics in the grottos in both places. In particular, he made significant efforts for the study of the art in the Kizil Caves.

Editor: Dong Lin