A History of Chinese Calligraphy

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Chinese University Press, 1993 - Art - 415 pages
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Chinese calligraphy has been an independent visual art form for thousands of years. Its wonderful aesthetics has inspired the art of Chinese painting since the second century B.C. Before pen and pencil were introduced to China, millions practiced the art of writing in ink. In the twentieth century, the art of calligraphy has not only fascinated modern Chinese who are part of this continuous tradition, but has also captured the interest and imagination of the world. This is the first proper history of Chinese calligraphy in English.
 

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Contents

The Beginning of Written Words
1
The Oracle Bone Inscriptions Chiakuwen
11
The Seal Script Chuanshu
21
Spirituality in Chinese Calligraphy and Magic Scripts
75
A Brief Introduction to Chuanke the Art of Sealengraving
99
The Clerical Script Lishu
117
The Regular Script Kaishu
151
The Draft Script Tsaoshu
243
Summary
353
Appendices
359
Appendix A A Brief Note on Painting and Calligraphy
361
Appendix B Lun shu A Discussion on Calligraphy
373
A Brief Account of Writing Tools
375
Selected Bibliography
399
Index of Artists
407
Index
413

The Action Script Hsingshu
287
Calligraphy in the Modern Age
331

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About the author (1993)

Tseng Yuho is former professor of art history at the University of Hawaii, as well as curator and consultant of Chinese art at the Honolulu Academy of Arts. Her publications are many and are considered classics of the genre. She retired from her official duties and teaching in 1985 and is now fully committed to her research work and creative painting.

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