Saturday, July 17, 2010

Loquats by Wu Changshou

Wu Changshou (1844-1927)

Wu Changshuo comes from a family of scholars in Anji, Zhejiang Province. He became famous for his seal-carving, and though he learned Chinese painting later in life he became on of the greatest and most original painters of the late Qing Dynasty. Wu Changshuo was a government official in Andong County, Liaoning Province, in the later years of the Qing Dynasty, and was adept at flower and bird painting, poetry, calligraphy and seal-carving. Wu Changshuo believed that "painting and seal-carving were inseperable arts". His style of painting was swift, brisk and overpowering. His colouring was unconventional, bright and heavy. He liked to use Western red pigment to color the fruits he painted.

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