Talk by Author Xu Fangfang

March 9, 2019 (Saturday)
12:30-2:30 pm (in English)

2:30-4:30 pm (in Chinese)
San Francisco Main Library, lower level, Latino Community Room

Xu Beihong (1895-1953) is widely known as the father of modern Chinese painting. The human feelings and Chinese esthetics in his art have moved the hearts of many viewers throughout the world. Xu Beihong pioneered China’s art education. He was the first Chinese artist to systematically incorporate high-standard Western sketching from life and oil painting into the curricula at China’s major art institutions. From 1927 until his death in 1953, he trained several generations of Chinese artists. Speaker Xu Fangfang, Xu Beihong’s daughter, will introduce her memoir Galloping Horses: Artist Xu Beihong and His Family in Mao’s China. Please visit:

The presentation will include high-quality images of Xu Beihong’s masterpieces such as his famous Galloping Horse, followed by book signing.


Born and raised in Beijing, China, Xu Fangfang moved to the U.S. in 1981 and earned a B.A. in history from the University of California, Berkeley, and an M.B.A. from Stanford University. In 2000, she became the founding director of the music department at Renmin University of China. She helped initiate and facilitate the first comprehensive solo U.S. exhibition of her father Xu Beihong’s work, presented by the Denver Art Museum, Oct. 2011-Jan. 2012. She has published several articles on Xu Beihong and his art.

Chinese Artist Beihong Xu (1895-1953) works

Xu Fangfang will play two pieces of piano music at 12:30 before starting her talk!

All programs at the Library are free.