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Wu Daozi---Sage in Chinese Painting

Wu Daozi---Sage in Chinese Painting
The calligrapher Wang Xizhi of the West Jin Dynasty (265-316), the poet Du Fu of the Tang Dynasty (618-907) and the painter Wu Daozi, also of the Tang Dynasty are considered as sages in Chinese history.

Born in Yangzhai (Yu County in Henan Province), Wu become orphan at a young age and lived a hard life in his early years.He is talented in art and make a living from folk artists and sculptors.When he was 20 years old he had earned himself a good reputation as a painter.He was invited to be an imperial painter in the court by Emperor Xuanzong.The court provided the best living conditions and was an outlet for artistic creativity.

Wu has a character unrestrained, direct and indifferent to trivial matters,he is always drank while painting.He drew the halo around Buddha's head in a mural without drafting the measurements first.He moved his brush quickly, and most of his works were accomplished in a single session. Wu spent a lot of time in Chang'an, capital of the Tang Dynasty,which was the cultural center of the time where many famous men of letters and artists lived.

Wu spent all his life creating religious murals and his works had a wide range of subjects.Among the over 300 murals and more than 100 scrolls Wu painted, many of them involved Buddhism and Taoism.Besides,he also drew mountains, rivers, flowers and birds. The Presentation of Buddha is his most representative work. Wu was always in great ferment when he was painting, and his works exhibit an expressionist style.