There's plenty of Chinese calligraphy for the eye to dance over: fluid, angular, stiff, or scratchy. The accompanying texts -- two introductory essays on calligraphic history and theory and eight specialized ones, with various levels of detail -- allow readers to choose their own depth. But the visual "text" alone is illuminating and provides pleasure. The 55 featured works, dating from 270 to the 1870s, are divided into seven groups, with short historical introductions preceding the works (reproduced in color and nuanced duotone). Four hundred more illustrations, including character comparisons, are enormously helpful, as is the labeling of the parts of a 12-foot scroll assembled over several centuries around a traced copy of a two-line fragment of a letter by the most influential calligrapher of all, Wang Hsi-chih. --Joseph Newland Relating to The Embodied Image: Chinese Calligraphy
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Calligraphy of the East
by John Stevens, Ron Suresha
|The Embodied Image:
Chinese Calligraphy from the John B. Elliott Collection
by Wen Fong, Qianshen Bai
|This is an interesting, although a very basic book about CHINESE CALLIGRAPHY: FROM PICTOGRAPH TO IDEOGRAM, by Eduardo Fazzioli. Chinese characters are in common use today, and are called Seal Script. As a student of both Chinese painting and calligraphy, I have spent a great deal of my time practicing a character in a nine-square grid in order to get the spacing and composition of the character correct, just as children in China do every day. Only then is it permitted to be more "artistic" with my calligraphy.||From Book News, Inc. , June 1, 1992
With the help of some 300 illustrations, including some rare and never-before-published examples, the authors survey the leading calligraphers and calligraphic works of each age, from the most recent through successive dynasties back to the origins of the Chinese written language some 4,000 years ago. Calligraphers and works are discussed with special attention to brushstroke technique, composition, and the art of space.
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of Chinese Characters
by George Durand Wilder
|The Jade Studio:
Masterpieces of Ming and Qing Painting and Calligraphy from the Wong Nan-Ping Collection
by Richard Barnhart, James Cahill
of Chinese Symbolism and Art Motives:
An Alphabetical Compendium of Antique Legends and Beliefs, As Reflected in the Manners and Customs
by Charles Alfred Speed Williams
Dictionary of Chinese Symbols:
Hidden Symbols in Chinese Life and Thought
by Wolfram Eberhard
Precise, academic and completely accessible for literally anyone, Outlines is the perfect reference work for an aspiring beginner. It is illustrated in black-and-white where illustrations might be expected, all specific terms are followed by the Chinese hieroglyphs, and, overall, this seems to be a very solid and well-written work.
Fu: Style and the Art of Calligraphy in Northern Song China
by Peter Charles Sturman
Mi Fu, one of the most celebrated figures in the history of Chinese art, was a prominent calligrapher in eleventh-century China. In this book Peter Sturman examines Mi Fu's calligraphy within the framework of the artist's fascinating life, the Northern Song culture in which he lived, and the literati theory of art he helped to formulate.
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The revised and updated fourth edition of this important survey of Chinese art draws on architectural discoveries of the last two decades to enhance the discussion of prehistoric and ancient Chinese art.
Brushwork in Calligraphy and Painting:
Its History, Aesthetics and Techniques
by Kwo Da-Wei
The mandala, aid to prayer, meditation, and inner peace in so many cultures of the world, is explained within this text in all its manifestations -- universal emblem of the cosmos, image of god, spiritual aid, and, as its name implies, circle and center.