Fu Baoshi

Fu Baoshi (Chinese傅抱石, Pinyin Fu Baoshi, W.-G. Fu Pao- Shih, real name: Fu Chángshēng ,傅长生; born October 5, 1904 in Xinyu (Jiangxi ); † September 29, 1965 in Nanjing) is a Chinese painter of modern times.


In simple ratios grew, Fu lost his father at an early stage. From 1933-35 he studied in Japan at the Tokyo School of Fine Arts. He then settled in Nanjing and was appointed by Xu Beihong as a professor of art history and painting at the Nanjing University. There he was, not least through numerous translations, greatly opening up the Japanese art for the Chinese audience with. Skip Fu was temporarily Vice President of the Chinese Artists' Association and President of the Art Academy of Jiangsu Province. In the 50s and 60s he traveled in search of new landscape motifs even after Romania and Czechoslovakia. In his later years, Fu fell increasingly to alcohol, which may have contributed to his relatively early death.

After his death, his wife Luo Shihui donated many of his works the Nanjing Museum. 2004 erected to him the city of Nanjing on the occasion of his 100th birthday, a 2.7 meter high marble monument.


FUS painting technically linked on one side to the individualistic scholarly painting Shi Tao, but on the other hand it also shows influences from Japanese Nihonga school that Fu has learned during a study visit there. Characteristic of his conflicting style, speedy and yet accurate lines and dry texture, on the other hand also and extensive washes.

Thematically dominate landscapes in which often the element of water plays a central role: scholar on the mountain river landscape with boats, waterfall at Jingpo Lake Landscape in the Mist, etc. In addition, Fu has also often depicted historical and mythological characters, such as the ways of the bamboo grove. His women, about lady at the Xiang River in 1947, often seem a bit archaic.

About the Name

The initial idea was FUS first name Chángshēng (长生; " long life "). Later he has it in worship of the Qing painter Shi Tao by Baoshi (抱石; " clinging to Shi " ) replaced.