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Chinese Artist: Chang Dai-Chien

“Splashed Color Landscape” by Daiqien (1965)

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Chang Dai-Chien (Zhang Daqian) was an outrageously popular and eclectic 20th Century Chinese artist and forger.  Born in the Sichuan province, he initially studied art under his mother.  In those early days, he began with outline drawings of animals and flowers ~ subjects he would perfect through the years.  As a young man, he studied painting, weaving, and textile dying and design in Japan.  Upon returning to China, he began studying and replication several 17th century Chinese calligraphers and painters.  He earned his money selling these and his own works for some time.  Although he would eventually travel around quite a bit, watching and learning from artists around the world, his style was eminently Chinese.   That said, he earned a reputation for incorporating Brazilian and American techniques into his work, thus introducing new concepts of “Chinese” art. (more…)