Chinese Calligraphy

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Harvard University Press, 1973 - Art - 250 pages
This is the classic introduction to Chinese calligraphy. In nine richly illustrated chapters Chang explores the aesthetics and the technique of this art in which rhythm, line, and structure are perfectly embodied. He measure the slow change from pictograph to stroke to the style and shape of written characters by the great calligraphers. It is a superb appreciation of beauty in the movement of strokes and in the patterns of structure--and an inspiration to amateurs as well as professionals interested in the decorative arts.
 

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a "splendid book in which the plates alone would make a valuable acquisition" and "Mr. Chiang is the confident master, writing in a manner that is both businesslike and imaginative" - The London "Times". Read full review

Contents

Chapter I Introduction
1
Chapter II The Origin and Construction of Chinese Characters
18
Chapter III The Styles
41
Chapter IV The Abstract Beauty of Chinese Calligraphy
106
Chapter V Technique
133
Chapter VI The Strokes
150
Chapter VII Composition
166
Chapter VIII Training
189
Chapter IX Calligraphy and Painting
206
Chapter X Aesthetic Principles
214
Chapter XI The Relations Between Calligraphy and Other Forms of Chinese Art
225
Bibliography
240
Index
243
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About the author (1973)

Chiang Yee (1903-1977) was Professor Emeritus of Chinese at Columbia University. He was also a poet and painter, and the author of many books of travel writing, as well as children's books. He illustrated all of his books and was best known for his "The Silent Traveler in..." series, which presented destinations from a Chinese perspective.

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