Yan Pei-Ming, A Burial in Shanghai
Yan Pei-Ming arrived in France in 1980 at the age of 20 and immediately travel to Ornans, where his artistic idol Gustave Courbet was born.
Nearly 40 years later, and now famous himself, Yan Pei-Ming presents his homage to Gustave Courbet at the Musée d’Orsay, A Burial in Shanghai inspired by Courbet’s masterpiece A Burial at Ornans.
The monumental triptych main piece is the same size as the famous painting; the scene is modern-day Shanghai where his mother is buried. The two other large-format paintings, facing each other, complete the work – one is an idealized Buddhist landscape, the other is a deeply moving portrait of his mother.
The exhibition is organised with support from the American Friends Musée d’Orsay (AFMO) to celebrate Courbet’s 200th birthday.