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Wu Zuoren

Wu Zuoren
Wu Zuoren in his garden
Photo by Sally Larsen
Taken in 1988 at Beijing
Born (1908-11-03)November 3, 1908
Suzhou, Jiangsu, China
Died April 9, 1997(1997-04-09) (aged 88)
Education Shanghai Art University
National Central University
Académie Royale des Beaux-Arts, Brussels
Known for Painting, Drawing, Calligraphy, Engraving

Wu Zuoren (Chinese: 吴作人; pinyin: Wú Zuòrén; Wade–Giles: Wu Tso-jen; 1908–1997)[1] was a Chinese painter. A native of Jing County, Anhui, he was born in Suzhou, Jiangsu Province. He practiced both traditional Chinese ink painting and European oil painting.


  • 1908: Wu Zuoren is born in Suzhou, Jiangsu, China.
  • 1927: Wu Zuoren studies in the department of fine arts at Shanghai Art University where his ability is recognized by Xu Beihong. Later, he transfers to the department of fine arts at Nanguo Academy of Arts.
  • 1928: Wu Zuoren follows Xu Beihong to study at the National Central University (renamed Nanjing University in 1949).
  • 1930 - 1935: Wu Zuoren travels abroad to study in Europe. He returns to China in 1935.[3]
Wu Zuoren's Giant Panda postage stamps, first issue, 1963
  • 1963: Wu Zuoren sets out to change the face of China when presented with the opportunity to design a three postage stamps for the People's Republic of China. Known for his ink paintings of yaks and camels in western China[4] Wu Zuoren's Giant Panda stamps first issued in 1963 establish the giant panda as the emblem of the new China. A second series of six Giant Panda stamps by Wu Zouren was issued in 1973, and a more elaborate Giant Panda edition based on his ink paintings produced in 1985.

For the remainder of his life, Wu Zuoren remains a prominent member of the central committee of the [3]

  • 1997: Wu Zuoren died in 1997 in Beijing.


  1. ^ Barnhart, R. M. et al. (1997). Three thousand years of Chinese painting. New Haven, Yale University Press. ISBN 0-300-07013-6: Page 384.
  2. ^ Ville de Paris, Wou Tso-Jen ou la modernité dans la tradition de l'encre / Siao Chou-Fang et les fleurs de Chine, Musée Cernuschi, 1987 ISBN 2-905197-09-9
  3. ^ a b Wu Zuoren's Art Show Lauded in Paris
  4. ^ Robert Hatfield Ellsworth, Later Chinese Painting and Calligraphy 1800-1950 with C.Y. Watt, Random House, New York, 1987, vol II p. 327-329, ISBN 0-394-55463-9

External links

  • Official website of Wu Zuoren International Foundation of Fine Arts
  • A Brief Biography of and Paintings by Wu Zuoren
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