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Chinese Calligraphers

Intro to Masters Yan Zhenqing

Intro to Masters Yan Zhenqing

Yan Zhenqing (顏真卿, 709–785) was a leading Chinese calligrapher and a loyal governor of the Tang Dynasty. His artistic accomplishment in Chinese calligraphy parallels the greatest master calligraphers throughout Chinese history. His “Yan style” of the Regular Script is the textbook-style that most calligraphy beginners imitate today. The “Yan style”, which brought Chinese calligraphy to a new realm, emphasizes on strength, boldness and grandness. Like most of the master calligraphers,...

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Intro to Masters Ouyang Xun

Intro to Masters Ouyang Xun

Ouyang Xun (歐陽詢, 557-641), courtesy name Xinben (信本), was a Confucian scholar and calligrapher of the early Tang Dynasty. He was born in Hunan, Changsha, to a family of government officials; and died in modern Anhui province.

Ouyang Xun was a talented student who read a great deal of classics. He served under the Sui Dynasty in 611 as Imperial Doctor. During the Tang Dynasty, he was a censor and...

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Intro to Masters Wang Xianzhi

Intro to Masters Wang Xianzhi

The seventh and youngest son of the famed Wang Xizhi (王羲之), Wang Xianzhi (王獻之) inherited his father’s talent for the art, although his siblings were all notable calligraphers. His style is more fluid than his father’s. Among his innovations is the one-stroke cursive script, which blends all characters in the writing in a single stroke.

Starting at a young age, he learned calligraphy from his father. It is said that his...

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Intro to Masters Wang Xizhi

Intro to Masters Wang Xizhi

Wang Xizhi (王羲之, 303–361) was a Chinese calligrapher of the Eastern Jin dynasty. He is the most famous Chinese calligrapher of all time and is referred to as the Sage of Calligraphy (書聖).

Born in Linyi, Shandong province, he spent most of his life in the present-day Shaoxing, Zhejiang. Wang Xizhi learned the art of calligraphy from Wei Shuo, commonly addressed as Lady Wei (衛夫人). He excelled in every script...

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