Wu Changshuo (1844-1927) 吳昌碩, Chinese seal artist

The Chinese seal artist Wu Changshuo (1844-1927) was a native of Anji, Zhejiang Province, but lived in Shanghai. He was a poet, painter, calligrapher, and seal carver. “People say I am a good painter, but my calligraphy is better than my painting; some say I am a good calligrapher, but my seal-engraving is better than my calligraphy.”

Toward the end of the Qing Dynasty he served as an official in the government but quit after only a month. He later carved a seal for himself with the inscription, “Magistrate of Andong for one month.” He was one of the founders of the Xiling Seal Society in Hangzhou and later became its president.

  • Pinyin: Wú Chāngshuò
  • Wade-Giles: Wu Ch’ang Shih
  • Also known as: Changshi; Dalong; Foulu; Jun; Kutie; Laolu; Pohe; “Taoist” Fu; Wu Junqing; Xuegulu
  • Affiliation: Hai and Zhe Schools, Deng School, Wu School

Seals shown are not to scale.

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