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This work of running script (xing shu) calligraphy was written by Zhao Mengfu (1254–1322) for his elder brother Zhao Mengdi’s grandson. The entire work is elegant with a vigorous energy and profound beauty. Mount Daochang and Mount He are geographical features of Zhao’s home, Huzhou, and have been places of interest since ancient times. Throughout China’s successive dynasties, poets—the most famous being Su Shi (1037–1101)—have referenced them in verse.
A renowned Yuan dynasty (1279–1368) calligrapher and painter from Wuxing, Zhejiang Province, Zhao Mengfu was known by his courtesy name (zi) Zi’ang and by his style name (hao) Songxue Daoren. He was proficient in all the calligraphic scripts, and his style was lovely yet robust and full of natural elegance. Zhao, Ouyang Xun (557–641), Yan Zhenqing (709–784), and Liu Gongquan (778–865) are known as the Four Regular-Script Masters.
Translated and edited by Adam J. Ensign and Kang Xiaolu