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Intro to Masters Zhao Mengfu

Intro to Masters Zhao Mengfu

Zhao Mengfu (趙孟頫, 1254–1322) courtesy name Zi’ang (子昂), pseudonyms Songxue (松雪, “Pine Snow”), Oubo (鷗波, “Gull Waves”), and Shuijinggong Daoren (水精宮道人, “Daoist of the Crystal Palace”), was a prince and descendant of the Song dynasty, and a Chinese scholar, painter, and calligrapher during the Yuan dynasty (1271–1368). He was a native of Wuxing (modern Huzhou, Zhejiang). Though occasionally condemned for having served in the foreign Mongol court as an official...

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Intro to Masters Mi Fu

Intro to Masters Mi Fu

Mi Fu (米芾, 1051–1107) was a Chinese painter, poet, and calligrapher born in Taiyuan, Shanxi during the Song Dynasty. Because his mother had been the wet nurse of the Emperor Yingzong (reigned 1063–1067), he was brought up within the imperial precincts, mixing freely with the imperial family. As a young boy, Mi showed precocious talent, particularly in calligraphy. Although he expressed distaste for the formal lessons prescribed for a future...

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Intro to Masters Huang Tingjian

Intro to Masters Huang Tingjian

Huang Tingjian (黃庭堅, 1045–1105) is predominantly known as a calligrapher but was also admired for his painting and poetry. He was one of the top four calligraphy masters of the Song dynasty. Huang was a student of Su Shi at his school of literati painting.

Born into a family of poets, Huang Tingjian was educated in the Confucian classics, history, and literature, and he received the jinshi(“presented scholar”) degree in 1067. He passed...

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Intro to Masters Su Shi

Intro to Masters Su Shi

Su Shi (蘇軾, 1037–1101) was a writer, poet, artist, calligrapher, pharmacologist, and statesman of the Song dynasty, and one of the major poets of the Song era. His courtesy name was Zizhan (子瞻) and his pseudonym was Dongpo Jushi (東坡居士 “Resident of the Eastern Slope”), and he is often referred to as Su Dongpo (蘇東坡).

Su Shi was born in Meishan, near Mount Emei in what is now Sichuan Province....

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Intro to Masters Huai Su

Intro to Masters Huai Su

Huaisu (懷素, 737–799), courtesy name Zangzhen (藏真), was a Buddhist monk and calligrapher of the Tang dynasty (618-907), famous for his cursive calligraphy. Only a few pieces of his works have survived.

He was born in modern Changsha, Hunan. Not much is known of his early life. His secular surname might be Qian (錢), and he might be a nephew of the poet Qian Qi (錢起). He became a monk in...

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