By Maxwell K. Hearn, Ms. Judith E. Smith
China's access into the fashionable period used to be formed by way of unparalleled inner turmoil and exterior pressures, which introduced a forceful finish to 2 millennia of imperial rule and cultural insularity. The essays during this quantity provide various views at the impression of the West on indigenous literature, structure, portray, and calligraphy in this interval (ca. 1860-1980). This booklet is released along side the exhibition "Nineteenth- and Twentieth-Century chinese language work from the Robert H. Ellsworth assortment within the Metropolitan Museum of Art", held on the museum from thirtieth January-19th August 2001.
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Xu's literary achievement, bringing together c1ifferent "realisms" \\'é1S simply be~'onc1 hO\\'ever, may ha\'e been overpraisecL due to his life of him. By making a fetish of su ch slogans as "copying From celebrity anc1untimely death in a plane accident in 1931. nature" or "laboring in sincerity," Xu confined himself to Looking back:, one may find that his artistic tastes sur- the importation of Victorian taste, and thanks to his un- passec1 his poetic sensibilities. Xu was no sb-anger to con- tiring promotion, this \'ersion of Realism \\'ould subsume temporary European art.
He was more dactic tendenc)' in the discourse of premodern Chinese concerned with the "meaningfulness" of his works, and literature and art. nese realist movement in painting historicizes what had their unmediated reception. As some of his most famous The debate between the two Xus do es not lend light - or notorious - paintings of epic scope demonstrate, he mercI\' to the theoretical dimension of modern Chinese \Vas forever engaged in fleshing out the logos of reality Realism. It serves also as an index to the institutional and through painting.
VaIry between Xu and Liu stretched back to the early 1920S, Among his students would emerge su ch distinguished with the first showdown in 1927, when Xu won the direc- modern artists as Zhao \iVuji (b. 1921), Huang Yongyu (b. torship of the Beijing Art Academy (renamed in 1950 The National Central Academy of Fine Arts) over Liu. 2) Although compared \vith Liu and goals. In 1929 he \vas appointed head of the art department Xu he appeared a much mil der person, Lin Fengmian was of the newly founded National Central University in Nan- nevertheless not reticent about his beliefs.