Wang Zhuangwei, originally named Yuanli, usually goes by his courtesy name. His pseudonyms are Jianzhai, Jianweng and Wangjianlaoren. He was born in Yi County, Hebei. He worked in various segments, including the military, government, banks and education. He was a master in calligraphy and seal carving. After migrating to Taiwan, he established the Ten Calligraphers’ Association and the Haiqiao Seal Collection. He was a revered teacher in calligraphy and seal carving in Taiwan. He worked as a professor in National Taipei Normal University, as a professor in Graduate Institute of Arts of Chinese Culture University, as an executive director of the Seal Carving Association and as a consultant in the National Palace Museum. He was one of the important contemporary calligraphers in Taiwan.
The piece demonstrates powerful brushes and squared corners, exuding a proud spirit and a fondness for risky techniques. The characters are often tilted with the left end higher than the right end to create more movement. The signature is short and powerful, wonderfully combining the beauty of engraving and scroll writing to raise curiosity.
This audio guide is made by National Taiwan Library. Docent: Chen Yu-Jung (陳毓容)