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Thursday, August 10 2017 - 17:25
AsiaNet
Guangdong Publicity Chief Calls on Artists for Eulogizing the Great Times, Uplifting Literature and Art
GUANGZHOU, China, August 10, 2017 /Xinhua-AsiaNet/--

The history-themed painting Xi Zhongxun in Nanliang has sparked a fresh 
reaction during its display from August 4 to 20 in Guangdong following a 
favorable reception at the "Reform Mission - Guangdong Art Centennial 
Exhibition" held by Guangdong Museum of Art. On August 9, Shen Haixiong, Member 
of the Standing Committee of CPC Guangdong Provincial Committee and Guangdong 
Provincial Publicity Chief joined a group of Cantonese artists at Guangdong 
Museum of Art at a meeting where Chen Yan, painter of this artwork and honorary 
president of Shantou Artists Association would talk of how he completed the 
painting. Shen said that he hoped the literature and art community of Guangdong 
would focus on major themes and eulogize the great times in efforts to bring 
the literature and art to a new high.

According to Chen, who was born and raised in Yan'an, Shaanxi Province before 
settling down in Shantou in the 1980s, it was really an emotion-invested 
project, which required his lived experience in Shaanxi earlier and in 
Guangdong over 20 years since then. On top of that, to vividly depict how Xi 
Zhongxun, then chairman of the Soviet Government in Shaanxi-Gansu Border 
Revolutionary Base Area was joining together cheerful folks in the 1930s, Chen 
made a bold technique innovation by combining western and Chinese painting 
styles. 

Much attention received proved that any great artworks of revolutionary 
historic theme need to take roots in people and their life and employ 
innovative approaches, Chen continued.

The painting is an artwork of great art performance, Shen pointed out, adding 
that the literature and art community of Guangdong should gain valuable 
experience from the meeting and make more efforts to focus on major themes and 
eulogize the great times and the endeavors are expected to churn out more 
influential and profound artworks featuring the Lingnan region.

Shen urged the departments concerned in Guangdong to boost support in artwork 
creation and protection and to encourage artists to produce more well-deserved 
artworks, taking the literature and art of Guangdong to a new high.

SOURCE: Guangdong Museum of Art
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