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Painting by the Shanghai School

01.12.2009 to 21.03.2010

In the second half of the 19th century, the coastal city of Shanghai experienced a sudden economic boom that also attracted many artists to the city. Their clients and patrons came from the prospering classes of merchants who tended to prefer a sensual style of painting that drew from everyday life.

The artists who subsequently came to be labelled under the term 'Shanghai School’ attempted to revive ossified conventions and created a style characterised by vivid colours, powerful brushstrokes and clear themes, entirely in keeping with the tastes of the new bourgeoisie.