Yun Shouping

Yun Shouping was born in Wujin, Jiangsu in 1633. When he was ten years old, he experienced the demise of the Ming Dynasty, and marching south of Qing troops. Yun Shouping was also drawn into this historical regime change. There were ups and downs in his life from that time.

Yun Shouping was very clever from childhood. When he was 8 years old, he could write poems, and also liked painting very much. He initially learned the landscape painting from his uncle. When he was ten years old, he could master the painting techniques. Yun Shouping's childhood was very happy but short. At the age of eleven, his father resigned because of dissatisfaction with the corruption of the court and returned to his hometown, Jiangsu from the capital. Shortly after Yun Shouping's family had a reunion, the peasant rebel army of Li Zicheng overthrew the Ming Dynasty. The change of the dynasty brought many ups and downs in the life of Yun Shouping.

After reunion with his father, he began to work hard on studies. After years of hard work and practice, he mastered ancient prose, poems and paintings and calligraphy. Yun Shouping swore that no matter what dynasty he lived in, he would not take any imperial examination. He left his home with his father when he was 12, and got reunion at his 20. When Yun Shouping was a teenager, he ever experienced death and parting, and experienced the vicissitudes, so he is especially mature compared with ordinary people.

Handsome and bright style of Yun Shouping was greatly appreciated by rank and fashion in Qing Dynasty. His painting was imitated by court painters competitively.  Paintings of Yun Shouping in his later years were later known as Flower God, as people said flowers that he painted were very charming but not gaudy, and looked fairylike.


Yun Shouping experienced ups and downs, but such experience later created an extraordinary refined state of mind. He faced his life with a relieved attitude towards life by painting pieces of classic paintings indifferent but beautiful.

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