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Wu Zhen did not want to be an official, and rarely sell paintings from the common.

Wu Zhen did not want to be an official, and rarely sell paintings from the common.

February 15, 2022

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Wu Zhen did not want to be an official, and rarely sell paintings from the common. When life was difficult, he often went to Jiaxing, Wulin and other places to sell paintings to make a living. It is recorded in Dong Qichang's Collection of Rongtai that "Wu Zhonggui and Sheng Zizhao lived together, and many people around asked Zizhao for his painting with gold silk, but zhong GUI's door being relatively quiet, his wife smiled at it. Zhong GUI said, 'No more after twenty years,' which is true." This article fully shows that Wu Zhen is holding the heart of art piety, not casually change the painting style to cater to the world. In his later years, Wu Zhen thought to Buddhism, he often went to Wei Tang town Dasheng, Jingde, Ciyun Temple and monks to talk about the Scriptures on Buddha, poetry painting, feasible, Song Yan monk, bamboo sou, guquan lecturer and Wu Zhen personal friendship is very thick. In the 14th year of emperor Shun's reign, Wu Zhen died, leaving short jie Yuzuka, saying, "The pagoda of the Plum Blossom Monk". In the first year of Taichang at the end of Ming Dynasty, local officials and gentry collected funds to repair the tomb, dong Qichang title "Plum blossom Temple" plaque, Chen Jiru made "Plum blossom Temple" to commemorate him. According to legend, Wuzhen love plum blossom, the house before and after all kinds of plum blossom, since the number plum blossom Taoist, plum blossom monk, Plum sami. Wu Zhen family pedigree has no examination, only know that he has a son Buddha nu, Wu had painted a "Bamboo spectrum" to him; Wu Zhen also had a nephew named Wu Guan, the grandson of Wu Shen, Wu Zhen's uncle.