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To commemorate the first anniversary of accomplished caricaturist Wang Fuyang's death, a retrospective show is on at the Museum of Beijing Fine Art Academy. The more than 100 exhibited works create a panoramic representation of Wang's distinctive style.

Elderly and middle-aged Chinese visitors might feel sentimental about Wang's caricatures, which appeared in Beijing Daily and Beijing Evening News for years.

Young Chinese and expats can also appreciate the realistic techniques, simple compositions and everyday subject matters featured in Wang's works.

Most of Wang's caricatures satirize social issues.

The work A Radish for Several Pits, which depicts a sweaty red radish jumping from one pit to another, ridicules people too flippant to concentrate on a single task.

In Profit-losing Enterprise, a shabbily dressed man steps out of a luxury vehicle - a commentary on the corruption of some officials.

Born in 1935 in Liaoning province's Dalian city, Wang graduated from the Lu Xun Literature and Arts College of Northeastern China's fine arts department in 1951.

Wang uses diverse painting techniques. Traditional Chinese line art gives his subject matters shape, while ink-washing methods create texture, and shading and contrast approaches borrowed from oil painting add vitality.

9am-5pm, Jan 13-20

Museum of Beijing Fine Art Academy, 1 Liulitun Beili, Chaoyang district


Wu Liping

(China Daily January 10, 2009)

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