Appreciation of The Art of Chinese Calligraphy
Although Chinese calligraphy uses Chinese words as its vehicle of expression, one does not have to know Chinese to appreciate its beauty, because the essence of the calligraphy is an abstract art, just as viewing a Western abstract painting. Chinese calligraphy is an art form in its own right which distinguishes itself from other cultural arts because it emphasises motion and is charged with dynamic life. Master calligraphers spend their lives honing their talents and paint huge characters or poems on scrolls. The picture below showing a young Chinese calligraphy prodigyYe Genyou simultaneously handling 5 paint brushes in parallel, two in each hand and one in the mouth, to write five independent characters.
A selection of 50 Chinese calligraphy slides with Pinyin and English annotation.
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