Chinese Calligraphy by Chen Tingyou

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By Chen Tingyou

Via 18 chapters and 60,000 chinese language characters, chinese language Calligraphy provides info on themes of calligraphy resembling its heritage and evolution, the calligraphic strokes for characters, and biographies of sought after calligraphy artists. There also are instructions on primary calligraphy abilities. With colour and b&w photographs.

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A horizontal, le�-falling or vertical stroke is wri�en so as to connect it with the next or the previous stroke. Dynamic. This is the most important way to make a character vivid. From such strokes, an artistic work gains vitality and rhythm. The dynamism of a calligraphic work comes from other two aspects, as follows: First is the movement speed of strokes. In the seal and official scripts, the writing of a character can be finished in one or two minutes. But in cursive or running hand, the brush moves more quickly, and it only takes several seconds to finish a character.

The earliest book about the research and interpretation of the oracle bone inscriptions was written by Liu E, another discoverer of such inscriptions. In 1903, Liu E published his book Tortoise Shells Preserved by Tie Yun. In this book he identifies more than 40 characters on some 3,000 pieces of tortoise shells he collected. Later, somebody Oracle Bone Inscriptions and Inscriptions on Ancient Bronze Objects corroborated his interpretations of 34 of them. Liu proved that these characters were of the same historical period as the inscriptions on bronze Shang Dynasty objects.

In the fourth century, the skill of brush making saw great progress. The Chinese writing brush became more suitable for calligraphers to bring their skill into full play. It had four features, summed up as follows: First, the tip of the brush could display the delicate changes of strokes. Second, its smooth end hair could make writing vigorous while it spread across the paper. Third, its cone shape made it easy to move in all directions. Fourth, it was durable, and kept its elasticity and so�ness longer.

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