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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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Yan Jin Liu Gu – Muscle of Yan and Bone of Liu – Yan Zhenqing and Liu Gongquan, the congenial calligraphy masters of Tang Dynasty

In traditional Chinese sources, Yan Zhenqing is often referred to by the term “Muscle of Yan and Bone of Liu” (Yan Jin Liu Gu / 颜筋柳骨), together with Liu Gongquan – a later calligraphist during Tang Dynasty. The reason for … 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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Zhang Zhi’s influence on Chinese calligraphy

Zhang Zhi’s Cao Shu script has exerted significant influence on the development of Chinese calligraphy and brought life into the calligraphic world. When Wang Xizhi – also known as The Sage of Calligraphy – had reached his middle years he … Continue reading

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A short biography of Zhang Xu (张旭)

Zhang Xu (675 – 750), born in Wujun County (today’s Suzhou in Jiangsu Province) – was a calligrapher of Tang Dynasty, sometimes referred to by his courtesy name Bogao. A big friend of alcohol, Zhang would often wet his long … 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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Eight Drunk Immortals

The Eight Drunk Immortals is a famous poem composed by Du Fu, a great poet of the Tang Dynasty. It is an ode to eight great minds of the Tang Dynasty who had two things in common – they loved … Continue reading

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Emperor Huizong of Song Dynasy

The Eight Great Scholars of the Tang and Song Dynasty refers to eight prosaists who thought progressively and wrote great articles revealing the dark side of the society. Among these eight scholars there were two from the Tang Dynasty: Han … Continue reading

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