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Masters of inspirational contemporary oils
By Wang Jie

A large exhibition of the works of two major contemporary oil painters — Chen Yifei (1946-2005) and Xia Baoyuan (1946-) — is underway at the Shanghai Oil Painting and Sculpture Institute.

The exhibition “Generation to Generation” also includes photographs and other objects related to their lives.

Decades ago Chen and Xia used to be the two big stars in Shanghai’s art community and were often compared. Both were masters of contemporary oil painting and painted in Socialist Realism style, which they took to a higher level; both went abroad in the 1980s and returned to China.

The lives of both men mirrored the vicissitudes of Chinese history.

Date: Through September 12, 10am-4pm (closed Mondays)

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