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Portrait seal carving master's art

Xinhua)  16:16, December 19, 2012

Photo taken on Dec. 4, 2012 shows a seal with the portrait of Austrian psychoanalyst Sigmund Freud made by Zhang Gengyuan, a portrait seal cutting master in Hangzhou, capital of east China's Zhejiang Province.(Xinhua/Zhang Chuanqi)

Zhang, an artist born in 1938, is famous for his flower-and-bird painting as well as seal cutting. He started making portrait seals in the 1990s and developed the craft into a unique art form. Portrait seals were first seen in ancient China's Qing Dynasty (1644-1911), when they were like line drawing tapestry portrait. Modern portrait seals have absorbed elements of traditional Chinese painting, oil painting, cartoon comics and other kinds of painting.

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