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WEN ZHENGMING (1470-1559)
WEN ZHENGMING (1470-1559)
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WEN ZHENGMING (1470-1559)

Seven Poems in Running Script

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WEN ZHENGMING (1470-1559)
Seven Poems in Running Script
Handscroll, ink on paper
35 x 706 cm. (13 ¾ x 278 in.)
Inscribed and signed, with three seals of the artist
Dated tenth day, mid-spring, gengzi year of the Jiajing period (1540)
Four collector’s seals of Ichibei Masakiyo (17th Century)
Colophons at the end of the handscroll
Literature
Zhou Daozheng ed. Works by Wen Zhengming, Vol. II, Shanghai Classics Publishing, Shanghai, October 1987, pp.290-294 and 312.
Post Lot Text
Wen Zhengming executed Seven Poems in Running Script at the age of seventy. Since his retirement, Wen often calligraphed his poems. A handscroll executed when he was eighty-eight is now in the collection of National Palace Museum in Taipei.
According to the colophons (Fig. 1), Seven Poems in Running Script was owned by Chisokuin Takamitsu (1649-1724). In 1762, it was sold to Numano Kunimitsu of Senshu Sano. Kunimitsu and his son Numano Kunimoto collected important Chinese calligraphy, including this handscroll and works by Zhu Yunming and Dong Qichang.
There exists two versions of ink-rubbings of Seven Poems in Running Script. One was published by Shoseikan in 1879 (Fig. 2) and the other one is now in the collection of Yangzhou Library.

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