Chinese calligraphy is an ancient art form that utilizes Chinese characters as a vehicle to communicate the emotional and esthetic world of the artist.
The 192 pieces of Chinese calligraphy featured in this book are the most famous examples, carefully selected and chronologically arranged from the Zhou (1046 - 221 BC) and Qin (221 - 206 BC) dynasties to modern times. Browsing through the extensive collection, you will find the book to be a professional and practical manual of Chinese calligraphy, offering easy access to...
By wielding the soft brush with strength and dexterity, the artist works with the lines and strokes of a character to make it look like a painting. Over thousands of years of development, Chinese calligraphy has evolved into five kinds of scripts, namely seal script (zhuan), clerical script (li), regular script (kai), running script (xing) and cursive script (cao), establishing itself as a highly-sophisticated art form.
- the historical development of the five kinds of scripts
- the most celebrated calligraphers and their best works
- a guided appreciation of the artistic merits of the works
About the Author
Zhou Kexi graduated from the Mathematics department of Fudan University, Shanghai, China. He taught and researched Riemannian geometry and began to translate French literature in 1984. His works include Swann's Way arid In the Shadow of Young Girls in Flower, which are the first two volumes of Remembrance of Things Past by Marcel Proust, Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert, The Little Prince by Saint-Exupery and The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas.
He has published an essay entitled Marginalia of Translation.
1st edition 2009, Pb, 224pp, illustrated throughout, 19.5 x 24.6 cm