Chang Dai-chien

This 23-minute film pays tribute to the Chinese master painter, Chang Dai-chien, who is among the most widely acclaimed painters of the 20th century.

The artist left China in the late 1940s and relocated to the West in the early 1950s. Chang Dai-chien lived in Brazil for roughly fifteen years before moving to California in the mid-1960s. This film was produced by the eminent Chinese art historian Michael Sullivan in 1967 and has never been seen previously. SF State acquired the film from Professor Sullivan, and we have created a unique film that shows his process of creating a masterpiece. This is the only existing footage of this painter, who is now called the “Picasso of China.”