During the colonial era, an artist known for his excellent work was Saya U Aye. He studied art under the close supervision of Chon Saya, the last royal dynasty Konebaung artist during the reign of King Thibaw. When Saya Aye became famous for its traditional drawings, one of his contemporaries was U Maung Gyi, a sailor who studied art in Europe and had more of a Western style. He was excellent in the color of the transparent water. Myanmar was the first artist can exhibit their work abroad and whose images were printed and sold in Germany. Due to the influence of U Maung Gyi, the Western-style art began to spread in Mandalay. In the last years of colonialism, two artists who were able to manage the color of the water were skillfully U Thant (1896-1982) and Saya Saung (from 1898-1952), who became known as Prince watercolor.
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Saya Saung received a gold medal in 1967 for his outstanding work and remarkable art captured international attention. Captain Thomas Heath allied army has bought ten paintings Saya Saung and wrote an article entitled The Myanmar watercolors rebirth in an English newspaper during World War II.
Several other artists have also become popular during the colonial era, including Ban U Nyan (from 1897-1945), who introduced impressionism to Myanmar. He studied art at the School of Art in England yellow door. He developed a painting of oil in Myanmar innovative style with powerful blows. Ba U Zaw (1891-1943) also became famous for both traditional and Western-style paintings. In 1927, the government sent him to study at the Royal Institute of Art in England.
Another painter who gave off a beautiful job was to U Saw Maung. His paintings of sixteen decimal King Kosala dream still hung on the side walls of Kyauktawgyi pagoda. He was the son of the artist Saya Aye that was widely known for his portraits and paintings on the life stories of Buddha.
U Ngwe Kaing (1901-1967) was the most zealous of the effort of high society to improve its artist of the workforce.
Contemporary art also flourished during the 20th century, and most of Myanmar artist noted for its modern works. Among them was Thet Oo Paw U combining traditional and modern techniques in their works.
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