Huang Binhong (1865-1955), the outstanding master for traditional Chinese painting in modern times. His original surname is Maozhi, or Mingzhi, with another name of Pucun, Puren, or Pucheng, Piqin, with alias of Binhong, Yuxiang, Hongsou or a Man in Huangshan and so on. His ancestral home is she County, Anhui Province, but he was born at Jinhua, Zhejiang Province. When he was young, he liked painting, and studied seal cutting in his spare time. At the age of six, he copied collections of mountain and river paintings made by Shen Tingrui (or Chuya). In 1887, he moved to Yangzhou to study mountain and river paintings following Zheng Shan and to study flower and bird paintings following Chen Chongguang (or Ruomu). In the contemporary and modern field of traditional Chinese painting, Huang Binhong is a very important artist. His painting style and changeable writings are filled with profound national culture spirit and aesthetic orientation of inherent beauty of nature. For decades, Huang Binhong’s paintings have been widely favored by the arts circle and have released their huge energy, imposing great influence on contemporary Chinese painting field.
The value involved in Huang Binhong’s paintings has been available with the elapse of time, while the demonstration of his artistic value is rather comprehensive. In addition to mountain and river paintings, he is also excellent in flower and bird paintings, not mentioning his achievements in Chinese calligraphy. He has established his own theories of Chinese painting. He also made his contributions in the fields of inscription, seal cutting, philology and archeology. Indeed, Huang Binhong is a scholar-artist not judged from the perspective of Chinese painting history only. Thanks to his prominent contributions in the history of fine arts, Huang Binhong was honored the title of “An Outstanding Artist of Chinese People” by the Nation when he was ninety years old.（来源：雅昌艺术网)