The Evolution of Chinese Calligraphy

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The Evolution of Chinese Calligraphy China is known for its beauty and intellectual prestige but the one thing that mostly stands out when speaking of Chinese art is the form of calligraphy. It is known to be one of the earliest forms of writing that can be translated, which began thousands of years ago and is still used today. Chinese calligraphy was invented and developed by the ancient Chinese who used the innovation as a method of written communication. Throughout the years, the Chinese calligraphy would evolve as the characters continue to change and later expand greater than the previous generations. To obtain a better understanding of Chinese calligraphy, it is imperative to understand the history of Chinese writing and how…show more content…
The Kăi Shū script emerged from a neatly written, early period semi-cursive form of the Official script. As the name suggests, the standard script is “standard” indicating that each of the strokes is placed slowly and carefully, the brush is lifted from the paper and all the strokes are distinct from each other.[12] The purpose of this new change is because the government wanted a reduced form of the characters to make it easier for future generations to learn. As of present time today, people who choose to study Chinese calligraphy will start by learning how to write in Kăi Shū first. After the creation of the Kăi Shū script, it was universally taught to all Chinese students. However, one student had surpassed all the other students with the learning of Chinese calligraphy. A man name Wáng Xī Zhī was considered to be one of the greatest calligraphic geniuses during the Jin Dynasty for he was able to master in writing both the Kăi and Lì Shū. He was also famous for creating a new style of writing known as
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