Tsao Jung has the courtesy name of Qiupu and the pseudonym of Laoxian. His study title was Danlu. He was a master in poetry and painting. He dedicated his entire life in the teaching of calligraphy and was an important pioneer in calligraphy in Taiwan. His calligraphy consisted mainly of the Clerical, Running and Cursive Scripts. His Clerical Script was learned from Lu Shiyi and was in the style of the Clerical Script of the Han Dynasties. The technique was plain and straightforward while enveloping changes in stability. His Running and Cursive Scripts combined the styles of Yan Zhenqing, Liu Yong and Zhang Zhao. The brushes demonstrate a magnificent spirit and power. In his senior years, his brushes became rather blunt and clumsy with the aim of realizing the spirit of "better clumsy than tricky". The innocent spirit created a unique personal style.
This piece has a well-organized structure, with finely aligned characters and evenly distributed space. The style is elegant and charming. The lines are stable in power. It fully embodies the simple beauty of the Clerical Script of the Han Dynasty.
This audio guide is made by National Taiwan Library. Docent: Chen Yu-Jung (陳毓容)