Sunday February 23, 2020

Chinese Paintings by Wang Peng and Calligraphy by Wang Chi

June 27 – August 22, 2018
Monday – Friday 9:30 AM – 6:00PM
(additional times by appointment)
Confucius Institute U.S. Center
Washington, D.C.

Right: Lotus Flower by Wang Peng Left: Zhang Bi Poem by Wang Chi

Right: Lotus Flower by Wang Peng
Left: Zhang Bi Poem by Wang Chi

Wang Peng (1919-1998) was born in Tokyo, grew up in China, and lived in the U.S. from 1939-1948. Out of a strong passion for art, he decided to study fine arts and oil painting at the University of Southern California. He returned to China in 1948, held several exhibits in Beijing of his oil paintings, and started teaching painting at an art school. He also began experimenting with Chinese painting techniques, receiving a few lessons from the famous painter Qi Baishi (1864-1957). After the Cultural Revolution made pursuing western style art impossible, he turned his focus to Chinese painting and studied under the well-known artist Wang Xuetao (1903-1982).

Wang Chi (b.1930) also came to the U.S. to pursue his studies but, unlike his brother, he ended up staying in the U.S. and pursuing a career in academia, at the U.S. Library of Congress, and working to improve U.S.-China relations. Professor Wang began studying calligraphy at the age of six and his father, an accomplished calligrapher himself, was instrumental in guiding him. Pu Ru (1896-1963) and Zhang Daqian (1899-1983) were frequent visitors of his father and further inspired Professor Wang. As he got older, he learned classical calligraphy by studying the stone rubbings from ancient masters. He still practices calligraphy every day.

While one brother pursued painting and the other pursued calligraphy, they both shared a love for Chinese art. This shared passion kept the brothers close over the years. Wang Peng, having first honed his craft in the U.S., always wished to exhibit his work in the U.S. Out of love for his older brother and a strong sense of familial duty, Wang Chi worked to make that dream a reality. He knows his brother would be so happy and proud to see his paintings on display.

We would like to thank the Confucius Institute U.S. Center for providing the gallery space for this exhibit. If you are interesting in viewing these pieces, they are on display until August 22nd.

A brochure detailing the exhibit pieces can be found: here

Exhibit Announcement