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The sole extant work of Fu Yaoyu (1024–1091), this work of exemplary running-regular script (xingkai) calligraphy is a courteous greeting to a friend. The brushwork is robust and solid in a generously spaced arrangement. The composition and strokes of the characters are accomplished with meticulousness but in a splendid aesthetic filled with recognizable characteristics of early-Song calligraphy.
From Xucheng in Yunzhou (present-day Dongping, Shandong), Fu Yaoyu is also known by his courtesy name (zi) Qinzhi. He was a statesman of the Northern Song dynasty (960–1127). In 1083 (the sixth year of the Yuanfeng reign, 1078–1085), in response to Fu’s request, Su Shi (1037–1101) personally wrote The First Poetic Exposition on Red Cliff (Qian chibi fu), which is now held in the Taipei Palace Museum collection.
Translated and edited by Adam J. Ensign and Kang Xiaolu