Calligraphy in Running Script / Calligraphic Couplet in Seal Script

1. PENG CHUNSHI (1896-1976)
Calligraphy in Running Script
Scroll, mounted for framing, ink on paper
69 x 18.4 cm. (27 18 x 7 14 in.)
Inscribed and signed, with three seals of the artist
Dated fourth month, forty-five year (of the Republic, 1956)
Dedicated to Zichang (Wang Hsin-heng)

Calligraphic Couplet in Seal Script
A pair of scrolls, mounted and framed, gold ink on blue paper
95 x 8.4 cm. (37 38 x 3 14 in.)
Inscribed and signed, with two seal of the artist
Dated spring, first year of the Guangxu era (1875)
Dedicated to Yunxie
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A native of Cixi, Zhejiang, Wang Hsin-heng (1908-1987) enrolled in Shanghai University in his early years and studied in the Soviet Union in 1926, where he was classmates with Chiang Ching-kuo. Upon his return to China, he joined the Military Affairs Commission of the National Government in 1932 and became one of Chiang Kai-shek’s personal staffs. At the outbreak of the Second Sino-Japanese War, Wang was transferred to Hong Kong and served as the head of the Bureau of Investigation and Statistics. Following victory, he returned to Shanghai and was elected as one of the first legislators. He moved back to Hong Kong in 1949 and later Taiwan, where he was a member of the Legislative Yuan Diplomatic Committee. In time, Wang pursued careers in business, including chairman of the Asia Cement Corporation and executive director of Far East Textiles.

From a young age, Wang indulged in painting and writing calligraphy as his leisure pursuits. As Wang became an important government official, he was introduced to many prominent artists, subsequently leading to his impressive collection. Coinciding with Taiwan’s flourishing art scene in the mid-20th century, Wang’s relocation enabled him to be acquainted with more artists, including Zhang Daqian.

A well-connected and gregarious man, Wang collected a diverse range of artistic work. Wang Hsin-heng passed in 1987 and his son, Wang Yifang, later donated part of the family collection to the National Palace Museum. A distinguished presence during his lifetime, Wang Hsin-heng is fondly remembered for his splendid art collection.
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