Zhao Mengfu calligraphy work exhibition opens in Huzhou

chinadaily.com.cn | Updated: Nov 29, 2022

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Chen Hao (third, right), Party chief of Huzhou, visits the exhibition featuring Zhao Mengfu's calligraphy works engraved on stone tablets that opened in Huzhou, East China's Zhejiang province, on Nov 26. [Photo/WeChat account: huzhoufabu]

An exhibition featuring more than 100 of Zhao Mengfu's calligraphy works that are engraved on stone tablets opened in Huzhou, East China's Zhejiang province, on Nov 26.

This is the first time so many original works created by Zhao, a Chinese scholar, painter, as well as calligrapher during the Yuan Dynasty (1271–1368), is on display, according to the organizers.

Following Huzhou, these artworks will be showcased across China to commemorate the 700th anniversary of Zhao's death. The exhibition also features 300 calligraphy works and 50 seal carving works from a national contest named after Zhao.

Zhao was a native of Wuxing district in Huzhou. He was renowned for his focus on personal expression rather than representations of nature.

At 36 years old, Zhao married his wife Guan Daosheng (1262–1319), who was also a painter and poet of note.

There are a number of places in Huzhou, including the Former Residence of Zhao Mengfu, Lianhuazhuang Park, as well as Dongheng village in Deqing county, where people can learn more about the lives of Zhao and his wife.    

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A painting depicts Zhao Mengfu, a Chinese scholar, painter, as well as calligrapher during the Yuan Dynasty (1271–1368), and his wife Guan Daosheng, who was also a painter and poet of note. [Photo provided to chinadaily.com.cn]