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Snowscape (Luxembourg)

Artist:Liu Haisu Oil on canvas 72×60 cm 1931
Liu Haisu (Chinese, 1896-1994), was born in Changzhou, Jiangsu and was an outstanding fine arts educator, art historian, and painter. In 1912, alongside Wu Shiguang and Zhang Yuguang, he founded the Shanghai Chinese Art College (currently known as the Nanjing University of the Arts), the first school of fine arts in China. In November 1920, Liu also established the first arts magazine in China titled “Art.” From 1929 to 1931, he visited Europe to research Western art, exchanging stories and discussing art with many influential artists including Matisse and Picasso. While in Europe, Liu gave multiple lectures on Chinese art at various universities, further deepening the influence of Chinese culture on Europe. After the founding of the People’s Republic of China, Liu served as the president of East China Arts College and later as its dean when the university relocated to Nanjing and changed its name to the Nanjing University of Arts.