Generational exhibition returns to Shanghai

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An exhibition highlighting the work of three generations of painters — Zheng Wuchang, his son Zheng Xiaotong and grandson Zheng Rengang — was held in Shanghai from July 8-13.

The exhibition displayed around 70 artworks, nearly 40 of which were created by Zheng Wuchang, as well as publications and medals.

Apart from being a traditional Chinese painter, Zheng Wuchang was also an art historian, his representative publications including A Complete History of Chinese Painting, first published in 1929.

Zheng Xiaotong specializes in Chinese landscape paintings and also devotes himself to art education, while Zheng Rengang studied interior design and oil painting based on his traditional Chinese painting background.

While the artistic styles of the three artists vary, they are united by the same artistic philosophy of "drawing on the past to build the present", the exhibition's curator Zhang Shangmin says.

First hosted in 2008, this family painting exhibition has been held multiple times in Shanghai, Zhejiang province and Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, as well as abroad, including the United States and Germany.

As this year marks the 130th anniversary of Zheng Wuchang's birth, the family brought their treasured pieces, some of which are on public display for the first time.

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