Zhang Gu-Nian was born in Wujin, Jiangsu. He lost his father at a young age, and began to study painting from his uncle Feng Chaoran. Famed artists at the time, such as Wu Hufan, Lu Lianfu, Wang Yiting, Wu Changshuo, Wu Zishen, Wang Tongyu, Zhang Da-Qian, and Fei Longding were all guests in Feng Chaoran's home to discuss literature and art and to make exchanges. The young Zhang Gu-Nian accompanied them and learned in a gradual and subtle way. He developed a wide and abundant horizon and cultural foundation as well as an ability to explore new scope at any time. Zhang was one of the founders of the Chinese Fine Arts Association. He taught in various universities and cultivated numerous talented students.
The piece "Cingshuei Cliff" depicts the scenery of the Cingshuei Cliff on Su-Hua Highway through the life drawing technique. The dramatic tension and the magnitude of the cliff are vividly represented. The life drawing incorporated the style of traditional painting but was not restricted by the style. It created a new look that matched the era.
This audio guide is made by National Taiwan Library. Docent: Chen Yu-Jung (陳毓容)