Chao Meng-fu (1254-1322), Tzu-ang by style name, was active in the Yuan dynasty when
traditional culture was stagnant. He advocated the reactionism of rejecting Sung and
returning to the legitimacy of the Chin and T'ang dynasties, and became the most prominent
calligrapher of the Yuan dynasty. This work, executed by an elegant use of the brush and
filled with graceful elegance in its coherence and faithfulness to the ancient style,
is the preeminent masterpiece produced late in his life.
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