Zhao Lengyue’s family donate his works to the National Art Museum of China
On July 5, a ceremony was held presenting donation from the family of Zhao Lengyue to the National Art Museum of China in the exhibition hall for “Moonlight on the Sea – Calligraphy Exhibition Commemorating 100th Birthday of Zhao Lengyue”. The exhibition was sponsored by Chinese Calligraphers Association, Shanghai Municipal Calligraphers Association, and Shanghai Chinese and Foreign Culture and Art Exchange Association, and undertaken by Zhao Lengyue Calligraphy Education Foundation. It was held during June 27 and July 6, 2015 in the National Art Museum of China.
Wu Weishan, curator of the National Art Museum of China and vice-chairman of the Chinese Artists Association, was present at the donation ceremony. He issued a donation certificate to Zhao’s eldest son Zhao Peilin to appreciate the family for the donation of Zhao’s classic work Eight-Word Lines in Oracle Bone Script.
Zhao (1915.3 - 2002.11), styled Queyuanzhai and in his later years Hui Weng, was a native of Jiaxing, Zhejiang Province. He moved his residence to Shanghai in 1950. He served as vice-chairman of the Shanghai Calligraphers Association, and a member of the Shanghai Research Institute of Culture and History. Zhao started his calligraphy career with the regular script and running script of Jin and Tang dynasties, and made a thorough inquiry of the alternate changes of all kinds of character styles. He turned to study the official script of the Han Dynasty and tablet inscriptions of the Northern Wei Dynasty in middle age, especially diligent in probing into the Epitaph of Zhang Heilv, Stele of Zheng Wengong, Twenty Choice Calligraphic Inscriptions of Longmen, and Stele of Zhang Qian. He declared himself to “learn widely from others’ strong points, and copy models of all major calligraphers.” In his later years, he cultivated a calligraphic style reaching perfection, and attaining the realm of doing nothing and yet doing everything. He proposed the artistic view of “untying” in the twilight years, and sought for self-identity in “law” and “lawlessness”. He insisted to “practice calligraphy after models every day” and strained after making breakthroughs in artistic creation. Therefore, he was unequaled in modern calligraphers in the rich, diversified styles of calligraphy creation. Zhao, a calligrapher of Shanghai developing a school of his own, created a calligraphic style, honored as a pride of the Shanghai calligraphic circle. His publications included Selected Calligraphic Works of Zhao Lengyue, Collected Calligraphic Works of 80-Year-Old Zhao Lengyue, and Selected Works of Contemporary Calligraphers – Zhao Lengyue.