A face to face between the great works of Gustave Courbet
and new paintings by contemporary artist Yan Pei-Ming, specially created for the bicentenary of the birth of Courbet.
Published on the occasion of the exponymous exhibition at Musée Gustave Courbet, Ornans (France), in 2019.
Yan Pei-Ming (born 1960 in Shanghai) is a Franco-Chinese painter
based in Dijon, France. He is best known for his immense, and almost exclusively monochrome, portraits
that draw upon Chinese cultural history and Western portraiture tradition. Some of his most acclaimed portraits depict the figures of Mao Zedong, Bruce Lee and Barack Obama. Alongside and against these public figures, Pei-Mings' portraits extend to those of his father as well as himself.
At the age of 19, Yan Pei-Ming decided to move to France where he enrolled in the prestigious École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts, Dijon. In 1986 he graduated, achieving rapid success with his expressive, portrait-dominated œuvre. His paintings are executed with energy and imagination, consisting of expressive brushstrokes and a predominantly monochrome palette with an occasional appearance of dark red.
In 2003, he gained international recognition at the Venice Biennale. Six years later, his work was acquisitioned by the Louvre where he exhibiteda collection of portraits that sought to convey his personal perspective on Leonardo da Vinci's Mona Lisa