Zhuang Yan, with the courtesy name of Shangyan and the pseudonyms of Muling and Liuyiweng in his senior years, was an expert in ancient artifacts, a scholar in the history of fine arts and a calligrapher. He was renowned for the slender gold style. He once served as deputy curator of the National Palace Museum.
Zhuang Yan was especially fond of the slender gold style of Emperor Huizong of Song. However, he also combined the styles of Xue Ji and Chu Suiliang. Therefore, the corners are more rounded and the characters demonstrated various flavors, enveloping softness within the solid brushes and are therefore unique. His Running Script and Cursive Script, on the other hand, demonstrated the charm of Zhao Mengfu and combined the techniques and glamor of the slender gold style.
This audio guide is made by National Taiwan Library. Docent: Chen Yu-Jung (陳毓容)