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Two important exhibits at the Denver Art Museum

On view through January 29, 2012
1895 to 1953
Xu Beihong (1895-1953) is primarily known for his black ink  brush  paintings of horses and birds. But he created equally important oil paintings, drawings, pastels and calligraphy. Among other places he studied at the Ecole Nationale Superieure des Beaux-Arts, adapting a Western art technique  – and upon his return to China became a well known art educator at Chinese universities.
This exhibit came about with cooperation of the Xu Beihong Memorial Museum and many paintings are shown outside China for the first time. 
The exhibit includes several oil portraits – and we can be assured that there are no works by his students –  as happened with a portrait sold for some $ 11.4 millions at a Chinese auction last year. The painting was actually painted by several students as a class exercise at Beijing’s Academy of Fine Arts in 1983. 
Xu Beihong

Currently on view
Drawn from its own collection of Chinese textiles and costumes, approximately one hundred  robes, rank badges (denoting the bearer’s civil or military rank)  and accessories dating from he end of the Qing dynasty are on view, some for the first time. While several museums have outstanding Chinese textile collections,  this is an opportunity to see and study these later pieces that we most frequently encounter in  the market. 
  1. Paint Holder
    November 21, 2011 at 12:31 am

    Considering the issue with the portrait, how would one now go about authenticating a supposedly Xu Beihong painting?

  2. Wangthein Thondup
    March 5, 2014 at 6:32 pm

    Hi Elisabeth,

    I was wondering the same. I happen to own a Xu Bei Hong and was wondering how I would go about authenticating it. I can be reached @ wangthein.thondup@gmail.com. Any suggestion would be greatly appreciated.

    Thank you for your help and reply.

    Wangthein Thondup

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