Portraits of Poets
Chu Yuan, Confucius, Li Bai, Bai Juyi, Tao YuanMing, Qi BaiShi, Pu Hsin-yu
A portrait of Chu Yuan, often called the father of Chinese poetry.
Li Bai - the best known poet of the Tang Dynasty, perhaps of all times.
Two years after Du Fu died, another great poet was born. Bai Juyi
(772-846), the son of a petty official, was born in Xinzheng, Henan. He
spent his youth wandring about to escape wars, and was often cold and
hungry. He was successful in civil service examinations, became an
official, and worked in the central government for about 15 years. Then
because he was disliked by those in power, he was sent ot work in
Jiangzhou (now Jiujiang), Hangzhou and Suzhou. Later he moved to
Luoyang, where he died at the age of 75.
Bai Juyi, portrait by an unknown artist; in the National Palace Museum, Taipei, Taiwan.
Tao YuanMing (365-437)
This painting of Tao YuanMing was by the Wang Chungyu, a fourteenth-century
literati painter, is in the collection of Beijing Museum, Beijing.
In the work, the painter portrays the poet as he imagines him on the basis
of his writings and the most important events of his life.
He gave us the image of a dignified, calm, somewhat haughty man, qualities he
displayed in the incident that put an end to his official career.
On this occasion he composed the famous poem Home Again in which he
justified what he did.
Su Shi [Su DongPo] (1037-1101)
The original stone portrait is in the Six-Banyan Pagoda in Guangzhou, Guangdong Province.
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Qi BaiShi [Chi Pai-shih]
A photograph of Qi BaiShi, one of the most popular painters of the
20-th century, whose paintings
are not only in all of the leading museums, but seemingly everywhere.
A photograph of Pu Hsin-yu (1896-1963). He was a native of Beijing,
a member of the Manchu imperial family. Following the overthrow of
the Manchu Ching dynasty, he changed his name to
Pu Ju, style Hsin-yu. He spent seven years at the Chien Tai monastery on
Mt. Hsi, and took the studio name Hsi-shan I-shih or "Retired official
of Mt. Hsi."
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