Huang Ruheng

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Nantoyōsō Collection, Japan

Huang Ruheng (Chinese: 黃汝亨, 1558—1626) was a noted Chinese calligrapher of the late Ming Dynasty. His courtesy name was Zhenfu (贞父, “True Father”) and his pen name was Yuyong Jushi (寓庸居士, “Refined Scholar Dwelling in Simplicity”).

Huang was a native of the cultural mecca Hangzhou. In 1598, he passed his Jinshi examination and held an official post in Jiangxi. His calligraphy style combined the manner of two Song Dynasty masters, Su Shi and Mi Fei. Huang’s best known calligraphy was, in his lifetime, reproduced in the Ming period painting-calligraphy album Tangshi Huapu (唐诗画谱, "Paintings of Tang Period Poems"), which itself was copied onto additional paintings. As was common in the Ming period, Huang perhaps did multiple versions of this Tang period poem by Liu Changqing (劉長卿) and others. His calligraphy was certainly sought after during his lifetime and in the period right after his death. Huang was also something of a poet. Examples of his verse can be found in various collections. A photo of a surviving example in Japan of his Liu Changqing poem is reproduced here. The poem reads:

Seeking Out Zen Master Lanjo[1]

Autumn grasses and yellow flowers cover the ancient path;

In the glade beyond, from where does someone’s smoke come?
Only the mountain monk has grown old in the hills;

Just the cold pines have seen anyone young.

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Complete Tang Poems, vol. 5, p. 1557

References[edit]

  • Yu Lianhua, Encyclopedia of Chinese Artists (Zhongguo meishu jia renming cidian,Shanghai), 1980, p. 1141.
  • Huang Fengchi, Tangshi huapu (An Album of Tang Poetry and Paintings), Shanghai, 1982, p. 166.