Shen Ts'an (active around 1400) was a native of Hua-t'ing, near Shanghai. His style
name was Min-wang and his sobriquet was Chien an. He was gifted in poetry, and was
renowned for his calligraphy together with his brother Shen Tu. He studied the calligraphy
style of Sung K'e, mastered the cheng-ts'ao style of cursive script and was for a time
called the Genius of the Cursive Script. This work is an inscription of his own poetry.
The influence of Yuan dynasty calligraphy can be surmised from his unique brushstrokes
in which the chang-ts'ao style is added. It is a representative example from the prime
of his life.
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