YU YOUREN (CHINESE 1879-1964)
Calligraphy, circa 1930s
ink on paper laid on brocade-type cloth
74 x 42.5 cm (29 1/8 x 16 3/4 in.)
artist`s seal lower left
Collection of the Ambassador for the Republic of China, Mr. Hu Shi Xi
thence by descent in the family
Straddling East and West: Lin Yutang, A Modern Literatus, (New York: Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2007), pp. 79-83
Yu Youren was a prominent Chinese poet, calligrapher, scholar, and politician. His most influential contribution to calligraphy was the effort to standardise cursive script, an example of which can be seen in the following scroll. The works of Yu Youren are part of numerous museum collections, most notably those of the Metropolitan Museum of Art (U.S.) and the National Museum of History (Taiwan).
The following scroll belonged to Hu Shi Xi, a Chinese dignitary, the chief ambassador of the Republic of China in Canada, as well as an executive chief of embassies in many Spanish-speaking countries: Spain, Cuba, Argentina, Colombia, and others.