A Generation Painting Master Ye Qianyu (Collection Edition)
--Xiling Celebrated Masters Series
Published by Zhejiang Culture and Art Audio-visual Publishing House, 2003
Medium: 1 VCD disc
Narration: Mandarin Chinese
Ye Qianyu was born in 1907 in Tonglu County of Zhejiang Province. When he was 1-year-old, he witnessed the demise of Emperor Guangxu and the coronation of Emperor Puyi. Thus, he called himself a "Child from the Qing Dynasty." When he was young, he had an inclination towards drawing. He also had artistic interests in making dragon lanterns and drawing opera pictures. When he was young, he had an inclination towards drawing. He also had artistic interests in making dragon lanterns and drawing opera pictures. He received formal instruction on design and composition. from artist Hu Yena, a master of freehand brushwork in the traditional Chinese painting of flowers.
Ye Qianyu was a Chinese cartoonist famous in the 1930s. He is presumably the first Chinese comic artist to use speech balloons, in a strip created in 1929. His works were mainly caricature. Many episodes of Mr. Wang is the first one; anecdotes of Xiao Chen in Beijing, in the mid-way, and Story from the Paradise is the last one. This was the apex of his artistic life. Shanghai Magazine Co. published his cartoon collections of Mr. Wang and Xiao Chen in the late 1930s. These are vivid documentations of the life of old Shanghai, portraying myriad images of the residents. It is also a modern presentation of bureaucratic caricatures.
1947 Ye Qianyu took the post to teach at Peking Arts College (now the Central Academy of Fine Arts). From 1954 he was professor of the Central Academy of Fine Arts and chair of Department of Chinese painting.Ye was one of the original vice-chairmen of the All-China Art Workers Association (CAWA) established in July of 1949 and was a central figure in China's arts administration. In the 1940s, he quit caricature for traditional Chinese painting. The first batch of this genre is the Indian dancing pictures done after his return from a visit to India. He used the techniques of Dunhuang frescos and Buddhist pictures to paint Indian dancing. The coloring is dense; the lines are neatly done and streamlined, sort of like frescos. In the 1960s, his brush and ink were flowing for freer artistic expressions and creations, and in a climax of dancing pictures drawing reappeared. But, because of political turmoil, his brush was taken from his hand, and his artistic prime was halted before its full blooming. In late 1970s, he picked up his brush again and poured all his heart into his birthplace's nature and people. After three modifications in two years, he finished his long roll of "New Picture of Fuchun Mountain-top Cottage." Later he published "Album of the People of Fuchun," roughly 100 volumes, full of mature craftsmanship, and reflecting the return of the unrestrained artistic style in his caricatures from the 1930s. During this period, he didn't gratify himself only by dancing painting, but also trying the combination of traditional Chinese painting and caricature. Ye Qianyu died shortly after his 88th birthday.
叶浅予（1907–1995），1907年生，浙江桐庐人。中学时自修绘画。1926年起在上海当过柜台伙计，画过广告、教科书插图，并事时装设计、 舞台美术布景。1929年开始创作漫画，後集成《王先生别传》和《小陈留京外史》。1936年出版《旅行速写》、《浅予速写集》，并联合全国漫画家举办第一次全国漫画展，次年成立中华全国漫画界救亡会，为该会负责人之一。抗战爆发後，在上海组织漫画宣传队，任领队并参加郭沫若负责的政治部第三厅，投身抗日宣传工作。 1939年赴香港经办《今日中国》，次年回重庆，作《战时重庆》组画及叙事温画《逃出香港》。 1942年於贵州苗区写生，开始转向中国人物画创作。1943年访问印度，归来後举办旅印画展。抗战胜利後曾赴美国举办画展。1947年到北平艺术专科学校任教。1954年任中央美术学院中国画系主任、教授。