New Geographies of Feminist Art: China, Asia, and the World

Pan Yuliang

Pan Yuliang, Portraits, from Cultural China website.

Pan Yuliang, renowned for her own model, self-portraits and bathing women, who was condemned as “depraved” in the 1930-40 by conservative officals and art critics in China, now gains her reputation — a female pioneer painter of western painting. Pan, originally named Zhang Yuliang, of Jiangsu Province origin, was born in Anhui Province in 1895. In 1959, Pan Yuliang was awarded the Paris Gold Prize and the Belgium Silver Prize. She died on July 22, 1977, in Paris, and her works were sent back to China in 1985. Her works are now in collection at China National Art Gallery in Beijing and Anhui Provincial Museum in Hefei.

Pan’s work is discussed in Doris Sung’s presentation Chinese Women Artists’ Global Presence, 1900-1937.


Lee, M. S. 2008. Looking into the mirror: Pan Yuliang and the representation of the artist. Stanford University.

Teo, P. 2010. Modernism and Orientalism: The Ambiguous Nudes of Chinese Artist Pan YuliangNew Zealand Journal of Asian Studies 12(2): 65-80.

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