Fu Chuan-Fu (1910~2007) born in Hangzhou, whose given name is “Baoqing” and styled himself as “Jueweng”, grew up in a family with a literary reputation. Due to his passion for painting and calligraphy, his father, Fu Yu, taught him literature, poetry, calligraphy and sealcuting. Since he was little, he learned and practice Chinese ink wash paintings through making replicas of albums, Manual of the Mustard Seed Garden, Manual of Trees Mountains and Rocks by Xigang and other albums of famous artists. He also did life paintings of orchids and crabs. At the age of seventeen, he was officially accepted to Xiling Calligraphy and Painting Society of Hangzhou. He learned painting, specified in Chinese landscape, from the principal of the Art Society, Wang Qianlou (1871~1932). Within this seven years of his studies, Fu not only made replications of famous art works, but also learned an ancient technique of our forefathers, using the gelatin process to make prints of copies of ancient Chinese paintings and calligraphies, in which he’s put a lot of effort into. Fu was appointed to Nanjing at the age of twenty-five, which was the time when Xu Beihong proposed the idea of “Combining West with East”. It was from then on, Fu began the gestation of his creation concept on the fusion of Chinese and western style.
In 1937, after the Second Sino-Japanese War broke out, Fu followed the troops from Nanjing to Hubei, Hunan, Guangxi and finally to Chongqing. Along the way, Fu experienced the stunning scenery of the great mountains and rivers; the extremely steep Guilin Mountain, the clear winding Jialing River, the great peaks of Three Gorges, the rapid waters of Yangtze River, etc. These magnificent sceneries that Fu experienced, became his inspiration for his later works. In the spring of 1949, Fu came to Taiwan from Shanghai, by sailing through the Taiwan Strait and landed at Kaohsiung Harbor. “It was after this trip that made me learn about the valley-like depths and mountain-like waves, these great sceneries were kept in my heart, and was the reason why I’ve went to the shores by the Pacific Ocean very often, to observe the surging waves” said Fu. In addition, Fu went up to Alishan, traveled through the East-West Cross-Island highway. He gained a deeper understanding of Taiwan’s nature through his observation. Fu retired early from the military at the age of 50 to fully concentrate on his art work. At the age of 52 Fu started teaching in Fu Hsing Kang College, and National Academy of Arts (now known as National Taiwan University of Arts) starting at the age of 53. Fu taught for 9 years and retired at the age of 62. During the nine years of his teaching, Fu cultivated many talented artists.