At the age of sixteen, Chao Shao-an (1905–1998), a native of southern Chinas Guangdong province, enrolled in the art academy run by Gao Qifeng, one of a handful of fearless artists who had jointly created the Lingnan school of painting. They broke with tradition by introducing modern subjects and perspective from Western art. The impact on Chao was terrific. His painting soon took on the qualities it was to preserve throughout the remainder of his career: vividness, dashing vigor, a bold use of both space and color, and a calligraphic looseness that verges on abstraction. A decade after meeting Gao Qifeng, Chao took a gold medal at an international art exhibition held in Belgium.The masterful paintings represented here are from the collection of the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco, one of the largest museums in the Western world devoted exclusively to Asian art.All of Pomegranates calendars are printed with soy-based inks on FSC® certified paper, which means the paper has been certified by the Forest Stewardship Council™ and manufactured by an FSC certified printer. FSC certification promotes responsible forest management by ensuring that forestry practices are environmentally responsible, socially equitable, and economically viable.FSC license code FSC N001864.