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By Chen Tingyou

Via 18 chapters and 60,000 chinese language characters, chinese language Calligraphy offers info on themes of calligraphy similar to its background and evolution, the calligraphic strokes for characters, and biographies of well-known calligraphy artists. There also are instructions on primary calligraphy abilities. With colour and b&w photographs.

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Beauty of the Whole Work 53 Beauty of the Whole Work When a person is appreciating a painting, he does not see the coloring of one part or a part of object; he views the whole work and judges whether it is beautiful or not. Then he carefully appreciates the details. While enjoying a piece of music, he does not appreciate parts of it, but the charm and rhythm of the whole piece. It is the same with the appreciation of a calligraphic work. Calligraphy critics always comment on the whole work before studying its parts in detail.

This scroll since ancient times has been praised as an excellent calligraphic model in the liaison between blood and vein. Only 22 characters are visible on this scroll, but they still demonstrate the feature of coherence. " This scroll was collected by the Ming Emperor Qianlong in his Sanxi Studio. Coexistence of substance and blank. In a calligraphic work, the places with strokes are real things and the places between characters or lines are blank. Both constitute an organic entity. As in a traditional opera, vocal music with words is true while the independent instrumental music that precedes, follows or comes in the middle of an area is empty, which arouses enthusiasm and heightens the atmosphere.

There are old ink slabs shaped like a turtle or stringed instrument. Today, many people collect and study ancient ink slabs. Most ink slabs are made of stone, but there are also porcelain, po�ery, bronze and iron ink slabs. Among ancient stone ink slabs, there is a jade-like one which is transparent, and ingeniously and delicately made. The ink rubbed in it cannot freeze even in the coldest weather. Famous stone ink slabs include the Lu ink slab from Shandong Province, Duan ink slab from Guangdong Province, She ink slab from Anhui Province and Tao ink slab from Gansu Province.

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