Tina Keng Gallery

Wu Dayu
1903-1988
born in Jiangsu, China
Wu Dayu was born in Yixing, Jiangsu Province. He went to Paris in 1922, where enrolled at the L'École Supérieure Nationale des Beaux Arts. First he studied oil painting with Professor Rouge, and in 1923 he transferred to the studio of the sculptor Antoine Bourdelle. After his return to Shanghai in 1927, Wu taught at various art schools. In 1928 he cofounded the National Hangzhou Arts Academy and became dean of the Western painting department. He also confounded the “Art Movement Society” with Lin Fengmian and Lin Wencheng, regularly showing his artworks at exhibitions organized by the society.
 
In 1946 he participated at the exhibition held by Zao Wou-Ki at the National Chongqing Museum of History. In the 1960s, he taught and worked in Shanghai. In 1982 he participated in the Shanghai Oil Painting Exhibition in Beijing, which was the first exhibition after the Cultural Revolution to be held of the first generation of Chinese oil painters. Wu passed away in Shanghai in 1988. Since his death, his work has been the subject of closer examination and many retrospective exhibitions, including at the Shanghai Art Museum (1995 and 2003) and the National Museum of History in Taipei (1996).