Wu Changshuo was a prominent painter, calligrapher and seal artist of the late Qing Period.
Wu was born into a scholarly family in Huzhou, Zhejiang. In his
twenties, Wu moved to Jiangsu Province and settled down in Suzhou. Prior
to the collapse of the Great Qing, he served as an imperial official in
Initially, he devoted himself to poetry and
calligraphy with a strong interest in early scripts. He also led the
Xiling Society of the Seal Art, an academic organization for
Hangzhou-based seal artists. Only later did he consider himself a
painter associated with the "Shanghai school."
As a painter, he was
noted for helping to rejuvenate the art of painting flowers aLeonard Joel
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