Lin Fengmian was a painter born in 1900, he was known for fusing Western and Eastern art. Fengmian often painted landscapes, elegant women and birds. These paintings had elements of traditional Chinese painting, such as the painting’s perspective and using ink with a brush. These Eastern influences were combined with the bright colours and impasto techniques introduced by artists such as Henri Matisse, which were seen in Europe at the time.
Fengmian was influential within China’s modern painting movement and taught artists that became well known such as Zao Wou-Ki. Born in China Fengmian travelled and studied in Paris and Berlin during the 1920’s. These influences can be seen in his work, sadly much of his work was destroyed in the Sino-Japanese war and the cultural revolution. Fengmian spent some of his later years trying to recreate the works that had been lost, he died in 1991 in china.