Special 232 Famous Chinese Paintings by Pu Hsin–yu Postage Stamps (1986)

Stamp SN D232
Stamp Name Special 232 Famous Chinese Paintings by Pu Hsin–yu Postage Stamps (1986)
Stamp Cat Standard Special Stamps
Stamp Cat Birds, Calligraphy & Paintings
Issue date 1986-05-22
Suspersion date 民國75年11月22日
Dimension of stamps(mm.) 30x49
Size of souvenir Sheet (mm.)
Printer China Color Printing Co.Inc.,R.O.C.
Photographer Huang Po-hsiung
Creative Director
Sheet composition 10×5<br>
Print color
Process Deep etch offset
Paper Locally-made mat finished,<br>watermarked stamp paper with gum<br>
Perforation 11 1/2


  This set of stamps features three works by Pu Hsin-yu, which were recommended by the National Palace Museum in Taipei.

   Pu Hsin-yu (1896-1963) was born to the Manchu royal family of the Ching dynasty(1644-1911). From early boyhood, he received a Confucian education and vigorous training in the fine arts. He was also sent to Germany to pursue Western learning, and earned doctoral degrees in astronomy and biology at the University of Berlin.

   In his thirties, Pu gave up scientific studies and devoted himself to Chinese literature, calligraphy and painting. He was soon recognized as the equal of the famous painter Chang Ta-chien (1899-1983). Versatile in all the traditional styles of Chinese painting, Pu moved freely from the impressionistic〝idea-writing〞 of the literati to the meticulous academic kung-pi style. Pu excelled in landscape and figures, loved subjects which included birds, flowers, ghost stories and folk themes; the last two he often handled with satiric touches. His brushwork is robust yet tender and refined, imbued with gracefulness.

   He was also known as a talented poet and master of Chinese calligraphy. He believed that the qualities derived from literature, poetic, historical and calligraphical studies provide vision and technique fundamental to a painter.