Guo Bochuan (1901-1974, Tainan, Taiwan), also known as Kuo Po-ch'uan, spent 12 years in Beijing, the most important phase of his artistic career.
Here he combined the spirit of Chinese painting with Western painting techniques, and was greatly influenced by his intimate friend from Beijing, Ryuzaburo Umehara, a student of Renoir. They often went sketching together, captivated by the beauty of Chinese architecture and the magnificence of the Forbidden City. This gradually became the inspiration behind a series of important works featuring Beijing.
In 1920-1937, he studied oil painting in Tokyo. In 1937, he returned to Beijing, taught art with Qi Baishi and Xu Beihong in NAA Beijing. During World War 2 he stayed in Beijing, painted and toured with Umehara Ryuzaburo, who influenced his style.
He was executed in 1946 during the artist's stay in Beijing well before the establishment of the People's Republic of China when Western aesthetics and philosophy were more prominent, the present lot is a true rarity, a gem: one of the few paintings dealing with this subject matter that survived the Cultural Revolution and the biggest of its kind in Guo's oeuvre.
In 1948, he settled in Taiwan. In 1952, Guo founded Tainan Art Research Association.