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Special 207 Famous Chinese Paintings by Chang Ta–chien Postage Stamps (1984)

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Stamp SN D207
Stamp Name Special 207 Famous Chinese Paintings by Chang Ta–chien Postage Stamps (1984)
Stamp Cat Standard Special Stamps
Stamp Cat Flowers, Calligraphy & Paintings
Issue date 1984-04-20
Suspersion date 1984-10-20
Dimension of stamps(mm.) 30x49
Size of souvenir Sheet (mm.)
Printer China Color Printing Co. Inc., R.O.C
Creative Director
Sheet composition 10×5
Print color
Process Deep etch offset
Paper Locally-made mat finished,
watermarked stamp paper with gum
Perforation 11 1/2
    This set consists of three stamps which depict three paintings by Chang Ta-chien, one of the most important contemporary figures in the history of Chinese art.The paintings shown on the stamps are Five Auspicious Tokens, The God of Longevity, and Lotus Blossoms in Ink Splash.    Chang Ta-chien (1899-1983) deeply loved the art of painting since childhood.In his early years, he studied painting from his mother, elder sister and elder brother, who were good, even famous painters. In 1917 he was sent to Japan to learn the techniques of textile painting.Upon his return in 1919, he studied under the masters, Tseng Nung-jan and Li Mei-an, and had access to their abundant collection of ancient paintings, among which the works of the famous monk-painters, Shih Tao and Pa Ta of the last years of the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644), influenced and eventually benefited him most.    For the next twenty years he traveled extensively in China and either participating in or giving painting exhibition .In 1940 he went to Tung Huang of Kansu Province where he studied the wall painters of the Thousand Buddhas Cave by painters of the Six Dynasty (222-589) and the Tang Dynasty (618-907) periods . This study in Kansu took him two years and seven months . After 1949 he came to Taiwan and also travelled abroad . Because of trouble with his eyes , he began in 1970 to use more and more the technique of splashed -ink ,and it reached new heights in his hands .