A Life of Zhu Xuanxian

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A Life of Zhu Xuanxian

    A Life of Zhu Xuanxian

Zhu Xuanxian (朱宣咸), 1927 (Zhejiang)2002 (Chongqing), is an artist of

    traditional Chinese painting, woodcut and caricature, and also an activist in

    fine arts.

He started the creation of traditional Chinese paintings and new Chinese

    woodcut works in early 1940s. During his art career of more than half a

    century, he has created many of traditional Chinese paintings, woodcuts and

    caricatures, as well as illustrations, watercolors, gouaches and comic strips,

    many of which have been collected by fine arts galleries and museums all

    around China, and covered by other large publications such as China Yearbook and Chinese Graphic in 100 Years. From 1946 to 2002, his works

    have been exhibited in a series of national fine arts exhibitions many times,

    and thousands of his works were published and specially commented by

    many mainstream media like The People’s Daily; he published a series of collections, including Collection of Woodcuts by Zhu Xuanxian, Chinese Paintings of Flower and Bird by Zhu Xuanxian (Selected Collection), Selected Collection of Landscape Woodcuts by Zhu Xuanxian, Ever-green ArtArtist Zhu Xuanxian (Zhu Xuanxian, A Master of Brush Evergreen) and Selected Art Works by Zhu Xuanxian. The 6 organizations concerning culture, media and

    publishing jointly sponsored an exhibition titled the “Art Exhibition to Celebrate

    Zhu Xuanxian’s 55—Year Art Career”, and his biography was covered by

    many nation-level dictionaries such as Chinese Fine Arts Dictionary. Zhu Xuanxian, plunging into the people’s art cause and the progressive

    student movement in his youth, participated the New Culture Movement and

    the New Woodcut Movement in Shanghai initiated by Lu Xun and became a

    member of the National Woodcut Association of China in 1946, and was

    imprisoned in the famous Observation Event in the modern history of

    Shanghai in 1948. After that, on behalf of the fine art community of Shanghai,

    he publicized the Joint Announcement together with Liu Kaiqu, Yang Keyang,

    Zhang Leping, (Zheng) Ye Fu and Pang Xunqín on Ta Kung Pao to welcome the liberation of Shanghai. Afterwards, he joined the “Joint Office” of National

    Fine Arts Association of China, National Woodcut Association of China and

    National Caricature Association of China, and participated in the preparatory

    work for Shanghai’s fine arts society in the early years of liberation. After that

    he joined the People’s Liberation Army, and later went to Chongqing with the

    army at the end of 1949. He was appointed as an executive committee

    member of China National Artists Association (the former name of China

    Artists Association) Chongqing Branch in 1951; and was selected a member

    of the First Session of Chongqing Federation of Literary and Art Circles, a

    member of China Artists Association and a member of China Graphic Artists Association. As was elected the executive vice-chairman and the secretary

    general of the First Session of Chongqing Artists Association, he acted as the

    initiator of Chongqing Artists Association, a sponsor and later an advisor of

    Chongqing Academy of Traditional Chinese Painting and the founder and the


principal of Chongqing Fine Arts School. For a long time, with the outstanding

    performance and integrity, he had selflessly led the art work in press, culture,

    education and publication fields of Chongqing. As an important pioneer of

    Chongqing’s art cause since the foundation of the P.R.C in 1949, he made

    great contribution to the establishment and promotion, especially the

    development and prosperity of Chongqing’s art cause in the mid and later

    years of 20th century. He was once awarded the medal “For the Founders of

    the P.R.C.” by the government.

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