Cheng Jiahe was the third wife of the famous painter Liu Haisu. When Liu Haisu met Cheng Jiahe for the first time, he was the president of Shang Hai Fine Arts College and she was a student in that school. Although Liu was 16 years older than Cheng, she was attracted by his maturity and talents.Cheng was a sweet, pretty, and lively girl who was born in Nanjing and was praised as Campus Beauty. She had a gift for art, did well in studies and actively participated in campus activities, which made her chairmen of the Student Union. When Liu was teaching in her class, he noticed this attractive girl and casted a glance at her from time to time during his teaching. When they were imitating in the studio , he couldn't help walking towards her and giving more advices on her copy. Cheng became aware of her teacher’s intention based on girls’ sensitivity and she also admired this teacher who had positive impressions on her. However, as the president of the college, Liu had much work to manage and he had little opportunity to contact with Cheng except in class.
After a mental struggle, Cheng finally got up her courage and decided to find out what Liu really thought about her. One day, she took the sketch of Liu with her and knocked President Liu’s office door. The very time she stepped in, she bowed towards Liu. "President, I have painted a sketch for you and I wish you give some advices on it."she said and then she passed him the sketch painted with two hands. Liu looked at it carefully and appreciated her talents, he said" You did a good job and I want keep it as a memory, can I?" Then Cheng said pleadingly, "President, could you please draw a sketch of me? "Liu had no reason to refuse this attractive girl who he had long been fascinated by and he agreed readily. He said "Come to my studio on Sunday afternoon." Normally, Cheng should leave pleasantly after Liu had met her requirement, but boldly suggested that they going to the Bansong Park nearby instead of going to his studio Liu’s Mansion.
In the following Sunday afternoon, when Liu took the easel and the painting box to Bansong Park, Cheng was already there. Soon as Cheng saw Liu, she trotted towards him and took his easel, then she said passionately "It’s my honor to have you here." "I am the one who feel honored to receive task from a pretty girl."Liu replied wittily. Cheng also asked flirtatiously "Am I truly beautiful?" Liu replied "A painter has the most aesthetic eyes and you have conquered his eyes,
aren't you beautiful?" Then he helped her to adjust her gesture and began to paint her.
While Liu was painting, he told the love stories of his friends—— Lu Xiaoman and Xu Zhimo, Yu Dafu and Wang Yingxia. Cheng was deeply absorbed in these stories. After the painting was finished, they became closer emotionally. When Cheng took over the painting, she asked "Great! Am I really so beautiful?" Then she asked again "Do you like it?" Liu replied "Do you mean the painting or you?" Cheng pointed to herself with her forefinger and said "I mean me." When Liu heard that word, he was flustered and said disappointedly "You are a bud flowering into bloom and you are just 20, however, I was a mid-aged man nearly 40, I can’t match you." At that time Cheng seemed to have got his minds and confessed to him "I like the mature man just like you." Then she lowed her head and blushed. Liu couldn't help grabbing her and hugged her tightly.
At dusk, Liu backed home and said to his wife who was preparing dinner:"Yunshi, I fall in love with a girl, could you help me?" Zhang Yunshi asked "How could I help you?" "You can grant what we hope." Liu said. Zhang was a understanding woman and she knew what kind of person Liu was. She knew that he loved beauty and he loved pursuing beauty, which was part of his career. Since he has transferred his love for another girl, he would put his whole heart on that girl. They should fulfill the hope of each other rather than maintain their broken marriage. So she said to him, "If that girl is willing to sacrifice her career for you, I will fulfill the hope of you two." Therefore ,Liu claimed that he would offer living expenses for their two sons, leave their house for Zhang and moved to the college.In September, 1933, Liu took Cheng to Suzhou for a day’s tour and they regarded it as their engagement ceremony. In the spring of the following year, the got married. They lived together for 10 years and Cheng gave birth to a girl and a boy for Liu. Later, when Liu was arranging a charity exhibition of famous Chinese modern paintings in southeast Asia, he met Xia Yiqiao who was a local Chinese painter and he fell in love with her. Cheng got that news, and entrusted a lawyer to get a divorce with Liu.