This year marks the 60th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between China and France. Many artistic young people set out from Shanghai to study abroad, with Paris, France being the preferred destination.

Since Impressionism, different modernist art styles such as Fauvism, Cubism, and Expressionism have appeared. The great painter Xu Beihong (1895-1953) was born in Yixing, Jiangsu Province. He learned painting from his father since he was a child, and he came to Shanghai to make a living selling paintings.