Calligraphy (shodo or shuji) is itself a painting, one of the highest Japanese forms of art. It is delineated alla prima, in a single twist of the hand, with no interruptions, pauses or regrets, without using an eraser, without any remaking. The gesture of writing must express the author’s ideas and feelings, while he or her concentrates and prepares his or herself for a long time before facing the paper. The proximity between painting and calligraphy may be seen through the fact that the later made the first feasible, and not the contrary. Its origins date back to the third millennia b.C. on China.


  • Title: Calligraphy
  • Date Created: 20th century
  • Location: Japan
  • Physical Dimensions: 180 x 45 cm
  • Medium: Nankin on paper with scroll framing (kakemono)

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