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date: 19 October 2019

Su Shi or Sou Che or Su Shih; also known as Su Dongbo or Sou Tong-P’o or Su Tung-P’o, Nickname: Zizhan, Pseudonym: Dongpo Jushilocked

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Chinese, 11th century, male.

Born 1036, in Meishan (Sichuan); died 1101.

Calligrapher, poet, painter.

Be it literature, politics, poetry, calligraphy or painting, the name of Su Shi was linked with every area of cultural activity of his day. This prestigious figure was one of the most human and appealing in Chinese humanism. A scholar, he was also a politician who shared the struggles of his contemporaries; a high official, but also a refined aesthete who cultivated all the arts, conversed with scholars, monks and courtesans and enjoyed music, all types of literature, calligraphy and painting, of which he was a master....

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