Willows and Magpies

Xu's art was inspired by a wide range of sources, but essentially it was rooted in the pursuit of Realism. He is considered the first Chinese artist to have successfully integrated Chinese painting and Western academic realism.This painting shows the artist's skill in depicting small creatures. From a young age, Xu Beihong was already encouraged by his father to paint what he observed directly from nature. Magpies were regarded as harbingers of good fortune in Chinese symbolism. Xu produced many such paintings to raise funds for the anti-Japanese movement in China.

Artist Name
Xu Beihong
Date/Period
Dated 1939
Region
China
Dimension
Image size: L:124.5 cm x W:41 cm, Image size: L:247 cm x W:53 cm
Accession No.
2000-07887
Material
Chinese ink on paper
Collection of
Asian Civilisations Museum
Credit Line
From the Xiang Xue Zhuang Collection in memory of Dr Tan Tsze Chor
Category
Paintings