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A short biography of Yan Zhenqing (颜真卿)

Yan Zhenqing (709-785) was a remarkable calligrapher during the Tang dynasty with the courtesy name of Qing Chen (清臣). Yan Zhenqing was honored as one of the Four Masters of Kai Shu whose writing style is recognized as Yan Style … Continue reading

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Yan Zhenqing – the creator of the Yan Style and the most innovative calligrapher of his time

Yan learned Kai Shu from the Four Masters of the early Tang Dynasty all of whom were great scholars and calligraphists. His role model for Cao Shu script though was Zhang Xu. He also learned Zhuan Shu and Li Shu … Continue reading

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Liu Gongquan, a great calligrapher and person of moral integrity

Liu Gongquan (778-865) was a calligrapher who lived during the Tang Dynasty and became famous for his unique writing style which was recognized as Liu Style and his remarkable influences on Chinese calligraphy. His is sometimes referred to with his … Continue reading

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The characteristics of Liu Gongquan’s script styles

Liu’s style of Kai Shu and Xing Shu was the best of the fine arts at his time. He also reached remarkable attainments in Cao Shu. His style originally was inspired by Yan Zhenqing’s writing but then soon developed into … Continue reading

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Zhang Xu – a calligrapher of Kai Shu and Cao Shu

Zhang Xu was a master of Kai Shu and Cao Shu, particularly outstanding at the latter. His calligraphic style is original but not without inspiration from The Two Wangs. His representative Kai Shu work “Note of Stele in Langguan” (Lang … Continue reading

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Zhang Xu or Mad Zhang – the most well-known calligrapher mastering the Mad Grass Style (Kuang Cao)

Whereas his Kai Shu is more about imitation and variation, Zhang Xu’s Cao Shu script is definitely about innovation which stands out in calligraphy history. Zhang Zhi was the creator of Jin Cao which earned him the reputation as “The … Continue reading

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Four Masters of Kai Shu

The term Four Masters of Kai Shu refers to four calligraphers whose attainments in terms of Kai Shu were incomparable in the history of calligraphy in China. These four calligraphers were Ouyang Xun, Yan Zhenqing and Liu Gongquan from the … Continue reading

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Liu Gongquan / 柳公权

Famous Chinese calligrapher of the Tang Dynasty often mentioned together with another famous calligrapher Yan Zhenqing in historic Chinese records. He was the inventor of the famous Liu Style Kai Shu calligraphy style.

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Muscle of Yan and Bone of Liu

This term is widely used in Chinese sources when referring to the notable Kai Shu calligraphists Yan Zhenqing and Liu Gongquan due to the complementarity of their styles and due to the fact that it is those two Kai Shu … Continue reading

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Shen Ce Jun Bei (神策军碑)

A representative work of Liu Gongquan in Kai Shu style carved into a stone table under the order of Emperor Wuzong which was erected at the imperial palace.

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