PU RU (1896-1963)
PU RU (1896-1963)
PU RU (1896-1963)
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PU RU (1896-1963)

Study with Grandson

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PU RU (1896-1963)
Study with Grandson
Inscribed and signed, with two seals of the artist
Dated ninth month, gengzi year (1960)
Dedicated to Luxun (Zhang Zhaoqin)
Frontispiece inscribed by Zhao Hengti (1880-1971), with one seal
Dedicated to Luxun
Scroll, mounted and framed, ink on paper
12 x 32 in. (30.7 x 81.5 cm.)
Post lot text
Mr. Zhang Zikai, whose sobriquet was Limen, was born in Lechang of Guangdong province in 1900. His father, whose sobriquet was Luxun, was awarded the juren degree in the twenty-seventh year of the Guangxu reign (1901). He had served as the county magistrate of Deyang County of Sichuan province, as well as the magistrate for Huayang. Mr. Zhang grew up in a household steep in traditional literati culture. He was a child prodigy who loved learning the Chinese classics and became an erudite official.

A graduate from Nankai University, he also received a Master’s degree in business from New York University. He also attended the London School of Economics and Political Science. He had worked in the Foundation of Chinese Culture and Education and held a professorship at Chiao Tung University. In 1952, Mr. Zheng was appointed the Minister of Economic Affairs. While in office, his major achievement included the improvement on production technology and establishment of economic policies, both of which contributed to the economic prosperity of Taiwan and to the grooming of the next generation of professional economists and bankers. When the Institute of Economics at Academia Sinica was established in 1981, Mr. Zhang was elected to be its Chairman, which he served until his death in 1983.

Mr. Zhang Zikai was a passionate collector of literati paintings and calligraphy. He especially enjoyed discussing evidential scholarship, literature, paintings, and calligraphy with his peers or people slightly junior. Even in his late years, his enthusiastically continued such discussions with his friends such as the important scholar and diplomat George Kung-chao Yeh (Ye Gongchao) and painter scholar Chen Zihe. When Mr. Zheng passed away, leading politicians as well as the rank and file in the government attended his memorial service and funeral. Mr. Yan Jiagan chaired his funeral service committee; Mr. Jiang Jingguo and Mr. Xie Dongming, among other political luminaries, all personally wrote elegies dedicated to him. Such outpouring of laments reflected Mr. Zheng’s significance in the political and economic world.

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