Chinese calligraphy, an indispensable part of the traditional Chinese culture, is an ancient art form that utilizes the unique characters as a vehicle to communicate the emotional and aesthetical world of the artist. By wielding the soft brush with strength and dexterity, the artist works with the lines and strokes of a character within its defined structure to make it look like a painting. For thousands of years, Chinese calligraphy has developed into a highly-sophisticated art form with an enduring influence on Chinese painting and other traditional arts.
Aiming at offering an appreciation for the beauty of Chinese calligraphy, this book provides a general picture of the five kinds of scripts, namely seal script (zhuan), clerical script (li), regular script (kai), running script (xing) and cursive script (cao), each followed by some most notable works as illustrations. As you turn the pages, you will have some basic ideas about each kind of script, including ...
People learn about China through a collection of symbols - Chinese painting, calligraphy, ceramics, to name but a few. This series of books aims to offer a general picture of Chinese culture, which is basic and brief but carefully selected and highly representative. They serve as a window on China for people around the world, helping them to learn about the country and to develop an interest in it.
- A brief introduction of its historical development
- Its unique characteristics and artistic values
- The representative calligraphers and famous works
About the Author
Zhong Kexi, graduated from mathematics department of Fudan University, Shanghai, China. He used to study and teach Riemannian geometry. He began to translate French literature since 1984. The works he translated include: The way by Swann's and In the Shadow of Young Girls in Flower, the first two volumes of In Search of Lost Time by Marcel Proust, Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert, The Little Prince by Saint-Exupery and The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas.
1st edition 2010, Hb, 118pp, fully illustrated throughout, 14.7 x 21.5 cm