original name Fengming, was a native of Mei Prefecture of GuangdongProvince.
He was born in an artistic family and learned traditional Chinese art in his
childhood. In 1918, he went to France
to study painting. During his seven years in France,
Lin studied in Dijon and in Paris learning western drawing and painting.
Strengthening his academic training, his experience outside the classroom
brought him in touch with the modern western art movements of the day, such as
Post-Impressionism, Fauvism and Primitivism. The works of Matisse and
Modigliani in particular impressed the young artist, who began developing his
own style, blending Western and Chinese traditions. His works were selected for
exhibition in the Salon d'Automne in Pairs in 1924. Lin returned to China in 1925,
he put much effort in art education and he was appointed as Director of the
Beiping National College of Art. Later he led the "New art Movement"
and published extensive writings on Western and Chinese Art. Lin Fengmian is
widely regarded as a pioneer among modern Chinese artists. He is a prolific
painter of landscape, figures, flowers birds and still-life. The composition of
his works is tight with little unpainted surface. Lin accomplished a communion
of Eastern and Western artistic ideals, and managed to formulate his own style
with swift and fluent brushwork in addition to a rich palette. Lin settled in Hong Kong in 1977 and continued his artistic creation.
Famous internationally, he is one of legendary artists in the history of modern