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Da-Feng-Hsin-Chuan - Paintings of Prof. Chia-chin Sun

Prof. Chia-chin Sun (1930-2010, also known as Yeh-yun), was born in Tai-An, Shandong province. He was the youngest son of General Chuan-fang Sun (Hsing-Yuan), Commander of the five Yangzi provinces Zhejiang, Fujian, Jiangsu, Anhui, and Jiangxi (浙、閩、蘇、皖、贛) during the time of the Northern Expedition, a military campaign led by Generalissimo Chiang Kai-Shek in 1926-28, during the Chinese Civil War. Showing great talent in calligraphy and painting in his early years, he gave up on a possible military career and became the last student accepted by Master Dai-ch’ien Chang. As an apprentice, he especially learned about the fundamentals of the Mogao caves wall paintings since the period of the six dynasties (AD 220-589) and three Tangs (AD 618–907) in Dunhuang, Gansu province; later becoming a profiled arts scholar contributing much to the fame of the revered master.

In 1936, when the founder of Chinese Culture University, Prof. Chi-yun Chang, was visiting the Mogao caves, he said: “The art of the Tang dynasty represents the Golden Age in Chinese history, and the legacy of the Qin and Han dynasties’ (Six Dynasties) constitutes the great ancient cultural heritage of the Chinese people, later being expanded by influences of Indian Greco-Buddhism.” Also, he described his impression as “when watching the wall paintings with my own eyes, I get an idea of what I have been longing for in all those years gone by,” thus confirming Master Dai-ch’ien Chang ’s words: “The Mogao caves wall paintings of Dunhuang have left ten great influences on Chinese art.”

The exhibition has three parts:

1. Prof. Chia-chin Sun’s own works, some of them signed and provided with comments added by Master Dai-ch’ien Chang, like “A Pair of Apes in Trees” and “A Scene in Ba-da Garden”.

2. Donations of Prof. Sun’s drafts for Mogao caves wall paintings, like “Bodhisattvas, After a Yulin Cave Mural” and “Bodhisattvas, After a Yulin Cave Mural”.

3. Exhibits of the Hwa Kang Museum: calligraphies and paintings of both Masters, such as “Running Style”, “Purple Wisteria” and more.

The altogether 70 exhibits cover the period starting from the Northern Wei Dynasty (北魏) until today, showing the main styles of this kind of Chinese artistry: Shan-Shui (mountains and waters), Ren Wu (human matters), and Hua Niao (flowers and birds). The range of the exhibition presents traditional brush work, abstractions, and modern style techniques reflecting the richness and diversity of Chinese calligraphy and paintings.

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