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Wu Guanzhong (1919–2010)

by HG MASTERS

WU GUANZHONG, Photo by Chua Soo Bin. Courtesy National Art Gallery, Singapore.

BEIJING — Acclaimed for paintings that meld traditional Chinese brushwork with expressive modernist compositions, Wu Guanzhong died in Beijing on June 25 at age 90. Refusing to embrace Socialist Realism, Wu endured decades of political persecution, although today his finely observed paintings of nature are considered cultural treasures. The artist was the subject of major retrospectives in 2009 and 2010 at the National Art Museum of China (NAMOC), the Shanghai Art Museum, the Singapore Art

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