In a biopic released in 1994, Gong Li played Pan Yuliang, the late female painter known in China more for her legendry life than her artistic achievements. The scene that she sketched in a public bathroom caused a big stir in China then. Nine years later, another beautiful actress, Michele Lee, brought the painter to life again in a TV drama.
But Pan, who started from a brothel and wound up in Paris as a lonely painter haunted by impoverishment and nostalgia, is not as pretty as many assume, at least not in her self-portraits. Through November 15, 200 of her works, including 10 self-portraits, will be on exhibition in the Capital Museum. Half of them have never been publicly shown before….[Full Text]
[Image: Huang Xiuying, vice-curator of Anhui Museum, explains one of Pan Yuliang’s self-portaits to visitors, via China.org]