Ink on paper, hanging scroll, featuring Chinese calligraphy, signed and attr. Yu Youren (Chinese, 1879-1964), inscribed with 1 artist seal, 29 x 117 cm. Yu Youren was a Chinese scholar and politician remembered as a master of Chinese calligraphy, distinguished by its animated characters. Born on April 11, 1879 in Hedaogang, China, Yu studied at a number of universities throughout the country as a young man. In the early part of his career, he wrote poems expressing frustration with the current government, and was branded as a revolutionary. In 1906, Yu fled to Japan, where he became part of the underground resistance movement known as the Tongmenghui. After returning to China a year later, he founded The National Herald, and, later, The Peopleâ€™s Voice, which strongly criticized the government. He spent the next several years in and out of jail, and continued to establish subversive publications. After a brief stint as a leader of the revolutionary forces in his native region, Yu settled in Shanghai and established Shanghai University. During the 1930s and 1940s, Yu compiled examples of Chinese characters into the essay Thousand Character Essay in Standard Cursive Script. In 1949, Yu followed the Chinese Nationalist government to Taiwan, where he later received the first National Literary Award. He died on November 10, 1964 in Taipei, Taiwan. PROVENANCE: Property of a gentleman (East Toronto, Canada)
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