Flower, Plant and Insects Fan Painting by Famous Guandgong Painter Rong Zu-chun (1872-1942)
Rong Zu-chun (1872-1942)
A native of Dongguan of Guangdong. zhi Zhong Sheng, hao Zi An, later changed to Yuan Sou. As a true disciple, he studied under Ju Lian (1828-1904), the founder of Kak Shan Honan School or School Kuis, for over 10 years. His artworks were easily identifiable as the ones belonging to the School of the Kuis.
When he was young, Ron was already brilliant and had a very good memory. As he was a close classmate of Wu Yi Zhuang (1854-1927), he was privileged to study many treasured collections in Wu's house as well as those in the other four richest families in Guangzhou. as a result, his painting techniques advanced greatly.
Ron was not only eminent in painting flowers, birds, bees and butterflie, but also in portraying fair ladies and other characters and in painting landscapes. He contributed greatly in promoting the art of the School of Kuis.
Ron served as a painting teacher in the Provincial Middle School and three private schools in Guangzhou. He was a senior member of Qing You Club, a painting club. He often visited the Temple of Six Banyan Trees in Guangzhou to practise painting. When Canton was captured by the Japanese army, Ron fled to Hong Kong. Later he set up a painting studio to teach painting. Meanwhile, he also taught painting in two others schools. He also made joint painting works with his close painting friends. Unfortunately, Hong Kong was also captured by the Japanese at the end of 1941. Therefore Ron returned to Guangzhou and died there in 1942 at the age of 71.
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