Pan Yulin was one of the first female graduates from the Shanghai Academy of Arts, as well as being one of the first to paint in the Western style. She was born in 1895 in Jiangsu, China. She is recognised as a major influence on modern art in 20th century China. The Shanghai Academy, where the artist studied, was renowned for its avant-garde approach in teaching Western techniques, including life drawing.
In 1921, she went to France and attended the Lyon and Paris Écoles des Beaux-Arts.
Her works, which are considered to be progressive, provoked much controversy and severe criticism in China in the 1930s. This was because she was particularly interested in nude studies, which was a taboo subject in China. As a result, she settled in Paris, a city she used as a base for her many travels.
Her works were exhibited internationally. She continued to combine styles in her artistic activities, which resulted in her becoming an extremely well-rounded artist and a legend in her time. Works by Pan Yu Lin emerged from the flux of transformation where oppositions between tradition and modernity, as well as between East and West, existed side by side.
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