The Culture Arts Review

The Culture Arts Review or Wen Hwa (文华 Wén huá) was an art monthly magazine based in Shanghai that ran from August 1929 through 1935, with 54 issues.[1] It was published first by the Wen Hwa Fine Arts Press Limited in Shanghai. Other publishers names included the Shanghai Friends Art Society and the Shanghai Wenhua Art Book Printing Company.[1] The magazine had drawing editors, Liang Dingming (梁鼎铭)) and Liang Xueqing (梁雪清) (brother and sister) and a literary-and-art editor. This post was held first by Zhao Hao (赵苕狂) and then by Zhang Yiwei (张亦庵).[1]

The Culture Arts Review
The Culture Arts Review or Wen Hwa issue 1
The Culture Arts Review or Wen Hwa, issue 1
  • Wen Hwa Fine Arts Press Ltd.
  • Shanghai Friends Art Society
  • Shanghai Wenhua Art Book Printing Company, Ltd.
First issueAugust 1929
Final issue1935
Based inShanghai
LanguageChinese, English

The magazine had a text section and a pictures section. The magazine was multilingual in the sense that the captions with the pictures were in English and Chinese together. That mulitingual nature was prominent on the cover with the name of the magazine in two languages, similar to how another popular Shanghai magazine, The Young Companion, would manage their cover. Content included art, literature, and politics. Like Liangyou, it included pictures of urban women's lives, which has proven useful in studying the Republic of China.[1] While the bulk of literary and artists covered were well-known in their circles, the magazine did include a number of female artists, something that was unusual for the time.[2]


  1. ^ a b c d "文华艺术月刊 [translation:Wenhua Art Monthly]". Nanjing Library. Retrieved 30 July 2018.
  2. ^ "梁雪清(1890-?)[translation:Liang Xueqing (1890- ?)". 索卡藝術中心 (Soka Art Center). Retrieved 30 July 2018. ...edited the influential art monthly magazine Wenhua in the 1930s...Through her hand, she introduced girl painters such as Gu Qingyao, Zhou Lianxia, Zhang Mang, Weng Yuanchun, Pan Yuliang, Wang Jingyuan, Zhang Qianying, Zeng Wei, Zeng Huasaw and so on. This care for female painters in the 1930s is unprecedented.

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Cover of The Culture Arts Review, issue #2.