Li Keran

Li Keran ( born July 23, 1907 in Xuzhou, Jiangsu Province, † December 5, 1989 in Beijing) was one of the most popular Chinese painters of the 20th century. He was especially popular for his portrayal of water buffalo. But he is also an innovator of Chinese landscape painting.


Li Keran was in Xuzhou, Jiangsu province, as Li Jongshun born. His father was a peasant without land, the fisherman was later.

In 1923, Li Keran went to Shanghai and studied at the art school. His teachers included the painter Qian Shichi. 1929 joined Li Keran to the Academy of Fine Arts of Hangzhou, where he turned to the Western oil painting. In the same year he joined the co-founder of Lu Xun " Progressive Artists Society" at.

After the outbreak of the Sino -Japanese War in 1937, Li Keran worked Guo Moruo in the political department of the Military Council of the National Government, which moved its headquarters to Chongqing in 1938. During these years he lived in a farmhouse on the outskirts next to the stable of a water buffalo. This was the occasion to devote himself to the water buffalo as a subject for him. The water buffalo was a symbol of China's humiliation, in the submission and force unite.


  • Chinese Painter
  • Chinese
  • Born 1907
  • Died in 1989
  • Man