The Taoism mural of Yongle Palace of Yuan Dynasty found in Yongji, Shanxi Province in 1950, was huge and magnificent, gods came alive, shocked the painting fields temporarily. The author’s inscription was found in the clearing up process of Yongle Palace removal, which confirmed that these master-pieces were painted by Zhu Haogu and his students such as Zhang Zunli, Li Hongyi, and Wang Chun and so on. Nowadays the Xinghua temple mural collected in Ontario Museum of Toronto, Canada, was also their works.
Zhu Haogu comprehensively inherited the artistry of imperial-court decorative painting of all dynasties, creatively designed grand works for the temples of Quanzhen Daoism rised in Jin and Yuan Dynasties. Emperor’s hallowed expression, sendoh’s coatard face, confucianist’s knowledgeable posture, hermit’s cloistral demeanour, warrior’s heroic looks, teenage girl’s graceful appearance, evil spirits’ atrocious shape, etc., their modeling is delicate, line is forceful, color is gorgeous, express the subtlety tactfully and finely. However, many people know Yongle Palace mural, but few people know Zhu Haogu. So I draw a picture praising him, just to remedy the pity of unrecognized talent.
Grandmaster finely create Quanzhen scene,
Magnificent grand immortals listed.
Painting advocating six methods pursuing verve,
Yongle Palace mural worth being tasted for three years.
The Master said, "to learn and at due times to repeat what one has learned, is that not after all a pleasure? That friends should come to one from afar, is this not after all delightful? To remain unsoured even though one's merits are unrecognized by others, is that not after all what is expected of a gentleman?"