Chongqing honors Xu Beihong with real-life tribute to iconic painting

By Lin Qi | | Updated: 2024-05-21 10:39
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Spring: Xu Beihong and His Friends, a group statue in front of Xu's former residence in the Hall of Shi Family in Chongqing. [Photo provided to China Daily]

Recently, a poignant tribute to Xu's legacy unfolded near his former residence in Chongqing — a real-life landscape mirroring the scene immortalized in Ba People Fetching Water was unveiled to the public. Stone steps now wind along the cliff, leading visitors to the Hall of Shi Family, Xu's abode during the 1940s, while a cascading waterfall forms the centerpiece of an art street named in his honor.

In front of Xu's former residence, now transformed into the Peon Art Museum showcasing his prolific works, a group statue stands tall, featuring Xu alongside his esteemed circle of friends — renowned artists and educators such as Qi Baishi, Zhang Daqian, Li Keran, and Wu Zuoren. Together, their collective contributions illuminated the landscape of Chinese art throughout much of the 20th century, leaving an indelible mark on the nation's artistic heritage.

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