An image of Loquats

Wu Changshuo

(China 1844 – 1927)


Not on display
Further information

‘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 May 5th festival,
the good food 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.
In the 'wuwu' year four days before the ninth day of September,
a guest in the Qu Zhi Sui Yuan studio,
Wu Changshuo at the age of seventy-five.
Hanging on the wall,
Resembling Li Futang's old brushwork.
Written by a Fu-Daoist at Chan Bi Xian studio.'’

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

Place of origin
China: Republic 1912–1949
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
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