Two Birds Painting by Qing Dynasty Master Artist Wang Zhen (1845-1916)
Wang Zhen (1845-1916)
A native of Wuxing, Zhejiang, Wang Zhen undertook foreign language study that led in 1900 to a position as a compradore for a Japanese company. He went on to become quite wealthy in business, even serving at one time as chairman of the Shanghai Chamber of Commerce. Extremely active in philanthropy, he briefly headed the Chinese Buddhist Association. He maintained close ties to Japan throughout his career.
Wang Zhen began studying painting with Ren Yi. After Ren's death, he became the closest disciple of Wu Chang-shuo (1844-1927), . Both Wang and Wu became leaders of the Shanghai School of Chinese painting. Wang Zhen was also a key figure in many artists associations, including the Yu Garden Painting and Calligraphy Charitable Association, which devoted half its painting sales to charity. Wang Zhen's many visits to Japan, his Buddhist beliefs, and his love of painting converged in his interest in Zen painting. Although Wang was a businessman, his paintings maintained the scholarly characters greatly appreciated by his audience.
王 震 (1867一1938)
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