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Friendship in ArtFou Lei and Huang Binhong$
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Claire Roberts

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9789888028405

Published to Hong Kong Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5790/hongkong/9789888028405.001.0001

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Friendship in Art: Fou Lei and Huang Binhong

Friendship in Art: Fou Lei and Huang Binhong

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Friendship in Art

Claire Roberts

Hong Kong University Press

This chapter discusses the friendship of Fou Lei and Huang Binhong, which can be linked to Chinese art. Binhong believed that it would take years before his art would be understood, and thanks to the Cultural Revolution, there are more practitioners of brush-and-ink painting than oil painting. It is noted that Lei and Binhong explored the common ground within and between literature and art, Chinese and Western cultures, and the past and the present. However, it is their friendship that reminds people of the intrinsic importance of art. It also embodies a joint endeavour to find contemporary relevance and meaning for Chinese scholarly and cultural traditions in the twentieth century and beyond.

Keywords:   friendship, Fou Lei, Huang Binhong, Chinese art, Cultural Revolution, brush and ink, oil painting, art, traditions

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