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Legacy of Li Keran and pioneering artists revived at auction preview

By Lin Qi | chinadaily.com.cn | Updated: 2024-06-18 15:57

Embracing Happiness, by Zhang Daqian.[Photo provided to China Daily]

Decades ago, Li Keran (1907-89) embarked on transformative sketch journeys with fellow artists, venturing across China's picturesque landscapes to draw inspiration directly from nature. These expeditions, driven by a desire to innovate Chinese ink painting, led Li to develop a unique brushstroke style that captured the essence of the country's diverse scenery and reflected its societal changes.

The upcoming preview exhibition at Beijing Yongle's spring sales, commencing on Thursday and running until Saturday, features works stemming from Li's groundbreaking sketch-journeys, highlighting his revolutionary artistic approach. The showcase not only celebrates Li's new artistic style but also encompass a diverse array of Chinese painting, calligraphy, antique craftsmanship, and modern and contemporary artworks.

In addition to Li Keran's masterpieces, the exhibition will present works by other prominent figures in modern art such as Zhang Daqian, Qi Baishi and Xu Beihong, offering a comprehensive glimpse into the artistic innovation and cultural heritage in China.

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