Mastering the Art of Chinese Painting: Xie Zhiliu (1910–1997)

February 6–August 1, 2010

A Traditional Upbringing

Born in Changzhou, a city located northwest of Shanghai along the Grand Canal, in Jiangsu province, Xie Zhiliu was privately educated under local scholars. As an aspiring young artist, he embarked upon the traditional path of learning by faithfully copying the work of his predecessors. His earliest models included not only original scroll paintings but printed reproductions as well. Xie particularly excelled in "bird-and-flower" paintings, a genre with a strong local tradition fostered by the Piling school of painters.