Online Lecture

Millet and Repin in China: Oil Painting and the Question of Realism

Date:  9 Jun 2023 - 9 Jun 2023

Date: Friday, 9 June 2023

Time: 11:00 a.m.–12:00 n.n. (HKT)

Mode of delivery: Online via Zoom, registration required

Language: English



Which oil paintings were shipped to France as part of the landmark 1934 exhibition, Peintres et Graveurs de la Chine Révolutionnaire? While this exhibition has frequently been celebrated for its contribution to the Modern Woodcut Movement, the oil paintings created for the exhibition by the four members of the Confused Painting Society 糊塗畫會—Hu Man 胡蠻, Shang Mozong 尚莫宗, Liang Yiqiu 梁以俅 and Xu Zhenpeng 徐振鵬—have received comparatively less discussion. This talk reconstructs the activities of the Confused Painting Society, following the trajectory of Western-style painting students and their formation of the ‘Beijing school’ of revolutionary art. Above all, this talk seeks to understand the power of realism for twentieth-century oil painters.



Christine I. HO

Associate Professor | East Asian Art History, University of Massachusetts Amherst

Christine’s research focuses on painting, craft and design in modern and contemporary China. The author of Drawing from Life: Socialist Painting and Socialist Realism in the People’s Republic of China (University of California, 2020), she has also published in The Art Bulletin and Archives of Asian Art. Her most recent article, ‘Crafting Friendship’, appeared in Art History.



Florian KNOTHE

Director | University Museum and Art Gallery, The University of Hong Kong




Lecturer | Department of Art History, The University of Hong Kong


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