While there are so many artists
using Chinese styles and calligraphy, I have chosen a few key artists and
possibly a few that I am particular to. BEWARE: Some of the clickable links
to images are very large. They may take a while to load, but they do have
some interesting work on them, so please be patient.
Wang XiZhi or Wang Hsi-chih
Only a few of his original
and preserved pieces remain in totality today. Most were stone with carvings
which many have used to create rubbing and learn the ancient art of calligraphy
from. Done during the dynasty of the Eastern Jin, these writings are about
1600 years old. He laid the groundwork for what calligraphy is today. The
brushstrokes are nearly invisible and leads us to believe the brushes were
loaded with inks... no strokes are visible.
Full Text of Lanting
Oyang Xun or Ouyang Chu
Created during the Tang Dynasty,
these images still have impeccable clarity.
Liu GongQuan or Liu Kung-chuan
Tang Dynasty (778-865 C.E.)
Mi Fei or Mei Fei
Northern Song Dynasty (1051-1107 C.E.)
Rubbings from the Forest of Steles, Bailin
The Crane and the Tortoise
Sample from the Story of Mulan
"The tortoise and the crane both enjoy long lives;
(National Palace Museum, Taipei)
|This story of Mulan is about a girl who pretends
to be a man in order to fight in the Chinese army for her father - as he
was too old.
Tsiek tsiek and again tsiek tsiek,
In the East Market she buys a spirited horse,
At dawn she takes leave of the Yellow River,
On her return she sees the Son of Heaven,
When Father and Mother hear Daughter is coming
From:The Flowering Plum and the Palace Lady:
These are a few of the more famous artists involving calligraphy before the 1300's. Obviously there are far to many to cover a vast amount, but the general idea here is similar.