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XU BEIHONG | Portrait of Mr. Lim YouRui

XU BEIHONG | Portrait of Mr. Lim YouRui

Item Description:

65 x 49 cm
oil on masonite board, framed
inscribed, signed Beihong and dated Xinyi year (1941) lower left and inscribed indistinctively lower right

徐悲鴻《林猷瑞先生畫像》1941 年作 油彩 纖維板
款識:悲鴻 辛已(左下)PAT No.168(右下)


Acquired directly from the artist by the family of Mr. Lim Yourui

Private Collection, Asia (acquired from the above by the present owner)
出處:林猷瑞先生家属直接得自艺术家; 亚洲 私人收藏 (现藏家购自上述收藏)


Xu Beihong is renowned for employing techniques of Western academic realism to depict scenes of human interest in China and in portraiture. Using convincing anatomical proportions and a fixed point perspective, Xu’s paintings spoke honestly and directly to people, enabling quick understanding. Xu started studying Chinese classical works and calligraphy when he was just six years old. At 22 years old, he went to Tokyo to further his artistic training. He was then invited to teach at Peking University’s School of Art by Cai Yuanpei, who was a pivotal figure in Xu’s life. At 24 years old, Xu went to Paris to study at the École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts. His time there was an impetus that would lift his artistic experimentations to a whole new trajectory.
徐悲鴻以精通西方美術現實主義風格的技巧來繪畫東方主題和肖像畫。而他最令人佩服的是能細膩的解剖人體工學比例和遠近視覺角度的繪畫方式,從而輕易的通过畫傳達他想說的故事。徐悲鴻在6歲的時候就開始了藝術訓練涉及了中國水墨和書法。22歲遊學東京進行藝術培訓。在北京大學藝術學院當教授期間認識了蔡元培,一位影響他日後藝術創作的重要人物。24歲時,徐悲鴻去了法國巴黎,在巴黎的國立高等美術學院(École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts)進修西洋畫。這期間的學習,讓他的創作力提升到了一個全新的領域。

The figure in the painting is Lim You-Rui, (1866-1939), a philanthropist in Nanyang who carved out a fortune in banking and agriculture. He tirelessly contributed to lightening the burdens of those in need, in particular diverting his considerable resources to the refugees of war and those who were hurt during resistance efforts against the Japanese army in the Second World War. He also advocated for an association where fellow immigrants from Hainan, China, may seek help from when they arrive in Singapore. The present-day Hainan Lim Clan association is a result of his enterprise. As part of his fund-raising campaigns for anti-war efforts in China, Xu held a number of exhibitions in Nanyang, and received strong support from the community here. Xu therefore made almost yearly trips to Singapore, resulting in an invaluable contribution to the art scene. This portrait of Mr. Lim You-Rui was painted in 1941, 2 years after the subject’s passing, to express his gratitude and remembrance of Mr. Lim. The portrait was gifted to the subject’s family.

Of historical importance, the portrait illustrates the close-knit community of Chinese elders in that period, who exude the spirit of generosity to those in need without hesitation. The painting is executed in somber tones to express the subject’s gravity and his esteemed status in society. The portrait is a frank and honest portrayal of the subject’s serenity and magnanimity, expressing this early pioneer’s uncompromising integrity and uprightness.

About The Artist:

XU BEIHONG (1895-1953, Chinese) 徐悲鴻



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