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Wang Xianzhi with a writing brush

  • Description

    Wang Xianzhi 王獻之 (AD 344-386), famous calligrapher, is depicted here trimming his brush in front of a scholar’s desk, preparing to perform calligraphy. Next to him is an antique bronze vessel. The accompanying calligraphy [EA2000.156.e], which appears opposite this painting in the album, tells a story about Wang’s response to his fame.

  • Details

    Associated place
    AsiaChinaJiangsu province Nanjing (place of creation)
    Xu Lele (born 1955) (artist)
    Associated people
    Wang Xianzhi (AD 344 - 386) (subject)
    Material and technique
    ink and colour on paper
    page 50.5 x 38 cm (height x width)
    painting 37.2 x 32.3 cm (height x width)
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    Presented in honour of Dr Angelita Trinidad and the late Jose Mauricio Reyes to celebrate the opening of the Khoan and Michael Sullivan Gallery of Chinese Painting, 2000.
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