Sarah Lee

Date of Award


Document Type

Thesis - Restricted Access (SIA Only)

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)


Fine and Decorative Art and Design

First Advisor

Agnes Berecz

Second Advisor

Matthew Nichols


Cultural exchanges in art are a profound and integral process that involves the sharing, blending, and assimilation of artistic ideas, styles, techniques, and expressions across different cultures and societies. Cultural exchanges contribute to the richness and diversity of artistic practices and play a significant role in shaping the global art landscape. It allows for ideas to blossom and societies to learn from one another and from understanding creativity is born, which many artists use to benefit their practice. This thesis paper will focus on 19th to 20th-century Chinese artists who studied or worked in France. And explore how Chinese artists’ art was affected by their studies and the mainstream art forms in France at the time such as Impressionism and Post-Impressionism. This study will allow readers to understand further cross-cultural art exchange and how it allowed art in these times to change and grow. The work by artists such as Zhang Daqian and Zao Wou-Ki show how they blend different art forms, learn from one another, and in the end what develops from their studies and practice are exemplary pieces of art.