This is a 3-minute clip of a 23-minute film produced by San Francisco State University. The film pays tribute to the Chinese master painter, Chang Dai-chien (Zhang DaQian 张大千), one of the most widely acclaimed Chinese painters of the 20th century. This film contains the only existing footage of the painter – now called the “Picasso of China”, and features Master Zhongxian Wu’s rendition of the traditional Qin piece, PingShaLuoYan 平沙落雁, as played on the GuQin 古琴.
Chang Dai-chien (Zhang DaQian 张大千) left China in the late 1940s and relocated to the West in the early 1950s. He lived in Brazil for roughly fifteen years before moving to California in the mid-1960s. This film was produced by the eminent Chinese art historian Michael Sullivan in 1967, and was never seen publicly until San Francisco State University acquired the film from Professor Sullivan, and created this unique film that shows his process of creating a masterpiece.