She was one of the first women to graduate from the Shanghai Art Academy, and one of the first to paint in the Western style. Her unshakeable commitment enabled her to overcome the many obstacles facing modern women in the early 20th century.
Pan Yulin, born in 1895 in Jiangsu, China, was to have a considerable influence on modern 20th-century Chinese art. The Shanghai school, where she studied, was well-known for its avant-gardism and taught Western techniques, particularly life drawing.
In 1921 she went to France, studying at the Ecoles des Beaux-Arts of both Lyon and Paris.