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Wu Changshuo


1844 – 1927

  • Details

    Place where the work was made
    Republic 1912 - 1949 → China
    Media categories
    Scroll , Painting
    Materials used
    hanging scroll; ink and colour on paper
    181.5 x 82.0 cm image; 247.0 x 100.5 x 110.0 cm scroll
    Signature & date

    Signed and dated u.r., in Chinese, inscribed in black ink, “…the year of Wuwu (1918)…Wu Changshuo…”
    Signed top c., in Chinese, stamped in red ink "Junqing zhiyin [artist's seal]".
    Signed upper c., in Chinese, stamped in red ink "Changshuo [artist's seal]".
    Signed c., in Chinese, stamped in red ink "Wu Changshuo [artist's seal]".

    Purchased 1987
    Not on display
    Accession number

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    Artist information
    Wu Changshuo

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  • About

    ‘Wu Changshuo was a poet and a calligrapher before he became a painter and it was association with Ren Bonian that inspired him to become an artist. Wu subsequently became one of the leading figures of the Shanghai school, renowed for the directness, colour and sense of spontaneity of his work. This scroll typifies Wu’s energetic style distinguished by a graphic bravura in both the painting and the calligraphy. Having earlier studied calligraphy and ancient epigraphy Wu had a special appreciation of the opportunities of calligraphy and this is well demonstrated in his wonderful and expressive brushwork. The subject matter of the mature and ripening loquats combined with the sheer energy of the brushwork echo a sense of lively regeneration in the artist, who painted this scroll in his 75th year. The poem, also written by Wu, read:

    'During the Duanyang [May 5th festival],
    the good fruit ripens with the warm wind,
    Though its colour is like yellow gold,
    that hardly relieves poverty.
    Placed with pomegranate flowers on the table for appreciation.
    Three chi of craving saliva hang on the child's mouth.

    "Qiong" is mistakenly written as "pin", Lao Fou self [Wu's sobriquet] checked

    In the 'wuwu' year four days before the Chongyang [a festival on the ninth day of September according to the lunar calendar], as a guest in the Qu Zhu Sui Yuan Studio in Haishang [ie Shanghai]

    Wu Changshuo at the age of seventy-five.

    Hanging on the wall for self appreciation,
    Extremely resembling Li Futang's brushwork in his old age.

    Written again by Foudaoren [Wu's sobriquet] at Chan Pi Xuan [Studio]"

    ‘The Asian Collections: Art Gallery of New South Wales’. pg.166.
    © 2003 Trustees, Art Gallery of New South Wales

  • Places

    Where the work was made


  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 5 exhibitions

    • Chinese Painting, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 27 Nov 1991–27 Jan 1992

    • Art of the brush, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 23 Sep 1995–12 Nov 1995

    • Chinese New Literati Painting, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 23 Aug 1997–05 Oct 1997

    • Glorious, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 27 May 2017–06 Jan 2019

    • The Way We Eat, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 03 Apr 2021–13 Jun 2022

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 11 publications

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