Ding Yanyong. William Congdon. Thomas Benton. What unites these artists? This day, as all of them were born on April 15.

Thomas Hart Benton was an American painter, muralist, educator and writer. He was associated with the American Regionalism and Synchromism movements. He was known for his impressive use of color in realistic paintings that depicted people at work, play or in repose in various habitats, often in rural settings.

Benton‘s major contribution to 20th-century American art might be his thematic emphasis on images of simple people and common lore. His expressive realism stands out for its hyperbolical curvilinear forms and shapes, and the use of basic colours. By shifting his attention away from New York and towards the Midwest, Thomas Benton expanded both the scope of possible artistic subject matter and the potential public for American art.

William Grosvenor Congdon was an American painter. The artist was associated with the style of Abstract Expressionism and was known for his depiction of religious themes.

In the last fifteen years of his life, besides painting with oils, William Congdon produced plenty of artworks on paper, using pastels. The expression “Drawing with paint” is the one Congdon himself used in September 1982 to announce his use of what for him was a new medium.

His most prominent artworks include Naples, Church, Cambodia No. 1, Subiaco, Piazza San Marco No.5, Guatemala No.7 (Dying Vulture), Harbor Scene, etc.

Ding Yanyong was a Chinese artist, who introduced Western Modern Art into Chinese art. He was a leading figure in the revival of ancient Chinese traditions for modern expression.

As a leading art educator, Ding Yanyong taught Western painting in the art academies in Shanghai, Guangzhou and Chongqing. In 1949 he moved to Hong Kong, where he continued to engage in teaching and creative work until his death in 1978.

Exhibitions of his work were held in China prior to 1949 and subsequently in Hong Kong and many countries around the world. He was one of the founders of the Fine Arts Department of New Asia College in 1957.

Read full versions of their biographies on prabook.com.

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