The art of chinese brush

The gallery depicts different types of artworks created using the Chinese brush from various artists and different eras, most prominently Chinese calligraphy and landscape paintings.

Chinese calligraphy is an ancient art of writing Chinese characters. One of the highest forms of Chinese art, to study it one must know the origins of the Chinese language and how the characters were written. He also must learn to handle the brush and practice different strokes to create different styles of calligraphy.
Traditional Chinese painting has a history over a period of more than 6000 years. Its growth has reflected the changes and social situations at the time the painting was made. It emphasizes the use of brush techniques to create stylized expressions of shade and texture, and brush stroke to give a a sense of rhythm and the type of posture. It also reflects the painter’s individuality and style.
Dong Qichang was a renowned Chinese landscape painter who reformed the principles of literati painting by approaching painting as though it was a calligraphy. Alternating between positive and negative patterns in his landscapes, it gives the painting an abstract yet dynamic feel to it.
Sun Guoting, a Chinese calligrapher from the Tang Dynasty, was remembered for his cursive style calligraphy and his Treatise on Calligraphy, as seen on the picture, but only its preface survived. It is an ideal model for the art of cursive script. The unpredictable motion of his brushwork and the intensity of the ink color gives it a sense of beauty in a midst of chaos.
The picture is an excerpt from the Yishan Inscription, a stone carving of a seal script from the Qing Dynasty. The characters are an older form of Chinese characters, which look more complex than the simplified Chinese characters we use today. The style of calligraphy uses more fine and even strokes, while the character font is square in shape.
In Chinese culture, the Chinese couplet is a pair of two complementary poetic lines adhering to certain rules. They are usually seen on the sides of doors outside people’s homes or as a hanging scroll inside a home. The poem usually express a wish for prosperity in life or a meaningful quote to the person.
In this painting, we can see the bamboo leaves possess different shades of black, and the tree standing upright and flowing through the wind. The artist uses a blob of ink to represent the rock. The picture certainly has calligraphic influences to it due to the elegant shape of the bamboo.
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