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Chinese Brushwork in Calligraphy and Painting: Its History, Aesthetics, and Techniques

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Publisher Comments:

"A volume of great value to the admirer of Chinese art that also contains much practical advice for the student."―Library Journal

When this book was first published, there were few if any important studies dealing with Chinese brushwork and its crucial role in Chinese art. The present volume, by a noted scholar, calligrapher, and artist, was the first significant treatment of the topic and remains among the foremost works devoted to the history, aesthetics, and techniques of the brush―the single most important tool in Chinese fine art.

The author begins by tracing the historical development of techniques and styles evolved by Chinese masters from the 14th century B.C. to the present. An in-depth explanation of Chinese aesthetic concepts and criteria follows, enhanced by the author's perceptive personal insights in such matters as line, form, space consciousness, and composition. A final section provides a valuable introduction to the materials, technical principles, and major brush strokes of Chinese painting and calligraphy. Techniques are demonstrated in numerous illustrations, including examples of the author's own highly respected work and painting and calligraphy from ancient and modern times.

Also included among more than 200 illustrations and photographs are a map of ancient China, chronological charts of calligraphic styles and dominant painting subjects, as well as a glossary of major terms in English and Chinese.

Dr. Kwo has exhibited his paintings at museums and art galleries throughout the world and has taught Chinese brushwork extensively in colleges and universities in both China and the United States. For students of art, for painters and calligraphers―for anyone eager to approach Chinese art from a fresh and rewarding perspective―his book is must reading.

Unabridged Dover (1990) republication of the edition published under the title Chinese Brushwork: Its History, Aesthetics, and Techniques by Allanheld & Schram, Montclair, New Jersey, 1981.

Synopsis:

Comprehensive volume traces historical development of techniques and styles evolved by Chinese masters since the 14th century, analyzes aesthetic concepts, and provides information on materials, technical principles, and brush strokes.

Synopsis:

Master artist, teacher and scholar traces historical development of techniques and styles from 14th century BC to present; analyzes aesthetic concepts, criteria, and schools associated with specific aesthetic qualities; and provides comprehensive, in-depth guide to materials, technical principles, and major brush strokes.

Description:

Includes bibliographical references (p. 193-199) and index.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations

Preface

Map of Ancient China

Part One THE HISTORICAL DEVELOPMENT OF THE ART OF BRUSHWORK

  CHAPTER ONE

    Archaic Period

      NEOLITHIC DESIGNS

      HSIANG HSING WEN TZE OR IDEOGRAMS

  CHAPTER TWO

    Germinant Period

      SHELL AND BONE STYLE

      GREATER CHUAN

  CHAPTER THREE

    Ripening Period

      LESSER CHUAN: SEAL STYLE

      LI

      CHANG TSAO

  CHAPTER FOUR

    Flourishing Period

      KAI

      HSING

      TSAO OR GRASS

Part Two AESTHETICS OF BRUSHWORK

  CHAPTER FIVE

    Aesthetic Roots

      TAOISM

      CONFUCIANISM

      BUDDHISM

  CHAPTER SIX

    Aesthetic Components

      FORM

      LINE

      SPACE-CONSCIOUSNESS

      COMPOSITION

  CHAPTER SEVEN

    Aesthetic Standards

      CH'I YUEN

      YA AND SU

      SHENG AND SHU

      CHIAO AND CHUO

      SHU CHUAN CH'I OR LITERARY FLAVOR

      CHUNG AND DA

      BRUSHWORK AND INK

  CHAPTER EIGHT

    Styles in Painting and Calligraphy

      PAINTING

      CALLIGRAPHY

      A SURVEY OF STYLES

Part Three THE TECHNIQUES OF CHINESE BRUSHWORK

  CHAPTER NINE

    The Tools of Brushwork

      THE BRUSH

      THE PAPER

      THE INK

      THE INKSTONE

      THE STUDY

  CHAPTER TEN

    Holding the Brush

  CHAPTER ELEVEN

    Body Movement in Using the Brush

  CHAPTER TWELVE

    Three Fundamental Principles of Brushwork

      MOISTURE

      PRESSURE

      SPEED

  CHAPTER THIRTEEN

    Two Major Angles of the Brush

      POSITION ANGLE

      MOVING ANGLE

  CHAPTER FOURTEEN

    The Principal Brush Strokes and Their Application in Painting and Calligraphy

      "CENTER BRUSH, CHUNG FENG"

      "PULLING BRUSH, TUO PI"

      "POINT BRUSH, CHIEN PI"

      "SIDE BRUSH, PIAN FENG"

      "DRY BRUSH, KU PI"

      "SPLIT BRUSH, PO PI"

      TURNING AND FOLDING BRUSH

  CHAPTER FIFTEEN

    Principal Ways of Using the Ink

      "SIDE-INK, PIEN MO"

      PO'MO OR WASH

      PO MO OR LAYERS OF INK

      MO GU OR NON-BONE TREATMENT

  CHAPTER SIXTEEN

    "Pi Li, or Strength of the Line"

      ELASTICITY

The Role of the Seal (Yin) in Painting and Calligraphy

Conclusion

Appendix: Chronological Charts

I. CHRONOLOGICAL PERIODS

II. CHRONOLOGICAL TABLE OF CALLIGRAPHIC STYLES

III. CHRONOLOGICAL TABLE OF DOMINANT PAINTING SUBJECTS

Major Terms Found in the Text

Bibliography

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780486264813
Author:
Da-Wei, Kwo
Author:
Kwo, Da-Wei
Author:
Da-Wei, Kwo
Publisher:
Dover Publications
Location:
New York :
Subject:
Painting
Subject:
Asian
Subject:
Techniques
Subject:
Fine Arts
Subject:
Watercolor
Subject:
History - Asian
Subject:
Calligraphy
Subject:
Calligraphy, chinese
Subject:
Painting, Chinese
Subject:
Brushwork.
Subject:
Techniques - Watercolor Painting
Subject:
Techniques - Calligraphy
Subject:
Art-Calligraphy
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series:
Dover Fine Art, History of Art
Series Volume:
9388
Publication Date:
19901031
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
224
Dimensions:
11.25 x 8.38 in 1.5 lb

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Comprehensive volume traces historical development of techniques and styles evolved by Chinese masters since the 14th century, analyzes aesthetic concepts, and provides information on materials, technical principles, and brush strokes.

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Master artist, teacher and scholar traces historical development of techniques and styles from 14th century BC to present; analyzes aesthetic concepts, criteria, and schools associated with specific aesthetic qualities; and provides comprehensive, in-depth guide to materials, technical principles, and major brush strokes.

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