On Jan 4, 2020, Prof. Tansen Sen and a group of Scholars visits Pondicherry, upon the request from Pondicherry India China Friendship Association.
Prof. Tansen Sen, ( Director of the Center for Global Asia, Professor of History, NYU Shanghai ) lead a group of researchers from China to study the paintings of XuFancheng. The visit was arranged by Pondicherry India-China Friendship Association with the help of Sri Aurobindo Ashram.
There are more than 300 original paintings of XuFancheng kept at Ashram Studio, Pondicherry. Due to a phenomenon called fogging, many paintings are highly affected and need restoration. The professional needed for such restoration needs to hire from abroad. Paintings cover a wide range of various mediums, materials, and supports. All the paintings of XuFancheng are done on Chinese paper.
XuFancheng used a variety of brushes, ink, and dye.Painting style includes the traditional form of Chinese painting, known as guohua (国画). Both Gongbi (工笔) and Xieyi (写意) style were used by XuFancheng. The paper used for the paintings is called Xuanzhi (宣紙).