Form Vs 23 State of California

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					 Chinese Calligraphy
    A Microcosm of Culture,
   An Art Form par excellence


           San-pao Li, Ph.D.
Department of Asian and Asian American Studies
   California State University, Long Beach
            Introduction
• Chinese calligraphy is widely recognized as a
  bona fide “fine art”
• Chinese calligraphy is perhaps the most
  culturally-rich form of direct artistic expression
• More than fair or elegant writing or
  penmanship
• Serves more than a linguistic purpose
• It is a highly sophisticated form of art
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Sample Calligraphy




      Zhao Yong (Yuan)


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             Yu Yue (Qing)

 fragrance                   antiquity/past
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         Introduction
• It adds an absorbing, visual element to the
  beauty of thought
• It is a national taste, a common aesthetic instinct
  nourished from childhood
• Used to express felicitations or condolences
• An immediate expression of the character and
  sensibility of the artist
• Was the passport to successful official career
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        Introduction
• Requires mental preparation --
  quietude and serenity
• Requires mastery of literature
• Rigorous moral cultivation and fortitude
• “If the mind is upright, the brush strokes
  will be right.”



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The Three Forms of Fine Art in
      Chinese Tradition

           Poetry
         Calligraphy
          Painting
                 vs.
Painting, Sculpture, and Architecture
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      Qualities of
   Fine Calligraphy

• The “strength of bone”
• Organic unity
• Rhythmic vitality

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      Qualities of
   Fine Calligraphy

• The “strength of bone”
 – the Yin and the Yang
 – opening and closing
 – void and solidity
 – front and back
 – rising and falling

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    Sample Calligraphy




Wang Shimin
  (Ming)
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      Jin Shi (Ming)

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     Emperor Huizong (Song)

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      Huai Su (Tang)

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       Qualities of
    Fine Calligraphy

• Organic Unity
 –Reflects the dynamism,
  grandeur, and limitlessness
  of the art of Chinese
  calligraphy

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          Sample Calligraphy




 Zheng
Banqiao

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San-pao
  Li
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San-pao Li
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San-pao Li
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       Qualities of
    Fine Calligraphy

• Rhythmic Vitality
 –is of supreme significance
 –an abundance of very fine
  masterpieces that exemplify
  this essential quality

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    Sample Calligraphy




Huai Su
(Tang)
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      Zhang Xu (Tang)

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Huang Tingjian
   (Song)
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       Qi Baishi
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    Chinese Calligraphy
      as a “Fine Art”
• A spatial art form
• Linear arrangement and composition
• Structurally dynamic
• Most effective and direct medium of
  self-expression
• Uninhibited individual creativity
• Supreme form of visual art

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Chinese Calligraphy is a Most
  Culturally-Rich Art Form
  •   It is history
  •   It is philosophy
  •   It is poetry
  •   It is literature
  •   It reveals the deepest emotions
  •   It reflects the social mores
  •   It manifests the ethos and values
  •   It captures the spirit of the time   25
  Appreciation of Its
Philosophical Profundity
 •   It fascinates
 •   It stimulates
 •   It motivates
 •   It inspires
 •   It enlightens
 •   It develops depth of character
     in learner
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    Roaming Leisurely in the
       Garden of Poetry

•   “Wintry River in Snow” (Jiang Xue)
•   “The Deer Park Hermitage” (Lu Zhai)
•   “Farewell to Ling Che” (Song Ling Che)
•   “The Maple Bridge” (Feng Qiao Ye Bo)
•   etc.


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The Notion of Aesthetics
The Platonic notion of the beautiful is hardly
 distinguishable from the good.
In the Chinese consciousness, the good must
 demonstrate order and harmony.
Harmonized state of contradictions,
 according to A. H. Muller (1779-1829),
 represents the highest good.
Harmony is both an intrinsic quality of art
 and the sine qua non of real freedom.

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The Notion of Aesthetics


  Coincidentia Oppositorum
Reconciliation of the Opposites



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The Notion of Aesthetics

 Beauty




                  Goodness



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      Styles of Chinese Calligraphy
            A Sense of History
• The oracle bone style (jiaguwen)
• The bronze and stone drum inscriptions
  (zhongdingwen, shiguwen, dazhuan)
• The seal style (xiaozhuan)
• The clerical style (lishu-Hanli, Weibei)
• The running style (xingshu)
• The cursive style (caoshu)
• The modern styles (kaishu, shoujinti,
  tiexianzhuan, bafenshu, kuangcao, etc.)
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   Sample Calligraphy




Oracle Bone
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Dong Zuobin
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 Sanshipan (8th-Century B.C.


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      Sample Calligraphy




Wu Changshuo
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   Sample Calligraphy




Yishan Bei
  (Qin)
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Sample Calligraphy
   rocks                   brooks




           Lu She (Ming)

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Sample Calligraphy




     Zhao Mengfu (Yuan)
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   Sample Calligraphy




Caoquanbei
  (Han)
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   Sample Calligraphy




Wang Xizhi
   (Jin)
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   Sample Calligraphy




   Liu
Gongquan
 (Tang)
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       Xuanzong (Tang)


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  Sample Calligraphy




  Yan
Zhenqing
 (Tang)
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Sample Calligraphy




      Mi Fei (Song)

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     Huang Tingjian (Song)
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       Sample Calligraphy
 When I come to           The willow
revisit, it appears     branches touch
 to be beautifully    the clear water of
and enigmatically      the brook by the
      quaint,               bridge,




The sun is warm,
 flowers sweet,           Your old
and the mountain       residence was
birds are singing     west of the North
       Wu Ju
   incessantly.            Bridge;
       (Song)
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       Su Shi (Song)



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        Sample Calligraphy




Dong Qichang
   (Ming)
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 Sample Calligraphy




Zheng Banqiao
   (Qing)
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     Yin Bingshou (Qing)

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       Sample Calligraphy




San-pao Li
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Sample Calligraphy




       San-pao Li

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      San-pao Li
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      Xu Wei (Ming)


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            Prerequisites
        of a Serious Student

•   Be conversant in the classics
•   Be familiar with China’s rich poetic tradition
•   Appropriate mental preparation and discipline
•   Mastery of various calligraphic skills



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The Approach to               Fine
       Calligraphy

 •   Copy by tracing
 •   Copy in a free manner
 •   Imitation
 •   Develop spontaneously one’s
     own style, independent from all
     models.
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The Approach to           Fine
       Calligraphy

 Proficiency is attainable only
 to those who undergo rigid,
  rigorous, tedious, and long
     training, including self
      discipline and moral
            cultivation.
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   The Practice of
 Chinese Calligraphy

Is a rigorous form of self-
      discipline and a
 delightful and fulfilling
        experience!
 Chinese Calligraphy
• More than any other visual art, can
  reveal the Chinese mind and represent
  its aesthetic ideal
• The sublime and exquisite artistry
  displayed in Chinese calligraphy
  compels one to study and experience
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         Take Advantage of
 the Latest Computer Technologies
• Search the internet for relevant information
  and vast number of fine calligraphic specimen
• Use software (such as CyberChinese,
  Dabbler) to practice handwriting
• Fully exploit the availability of various fonts for
  copying and practice tailored for learner’s
  interest
• Explore multimedia capabilities for poem
  recitation and individualized instruction

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