Portrait of Chang Ku-nien

The artist uses soft, almost nostalgic, tones to portray her sick teacher, Chang Ku-nien. On either side of the portrait is calligraphic text added to the image by Liu Yantao lamenting the loss of a friend.
Wang Shouxuan (Wang Shou-hsüan)
A portrait of artist Chang Ku-nien by one of his students, the accomplished woman painter Wang Shouxuan (Wang Shou-hsuan). The portrait is intended as a commemorative piece for her diseased teacher, with whom Wang had studied since 1952 and had become a close family friend. This image of Chang apparently vividly re-captures Chang’s appearance and spirit. One of Chang’s dearest friends, the renowned traditional painter and calligrapher Liu Yantao, thus inscribed two inscriptions upon seeing the painting. He lamented the loss of his friend as the image brought back so many memories of their friendship.
Gift of Dr. Cheng-Yang and Mrs. Shirley Chang
Tuesday, June 28, 2022
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