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Wang Xizhi
    #2288692 - 01/31/04 02:15 AM (12 years, 8 months ago)

Wang Xizhi - (303-361AD Jin Dynasty)

Wang Xizhi is known as the Sage of Caligraphy. He is remembered not only for revolutionising the art of Chinese writing, but also for his complete devotion to this traditional Chinese art form.

Born in 303 AD in the state of Eastern Jin, Wang Xishi started learning how to write when he was seven. His first teachers were his father's elder brother and a well-known lady calligrapher, Madam Wei Shuo.

Wang Xizhi began by mastering the zheng (regular) style calligraphy. Under his school of calligraphy, the Chinese ideograms were written in symmetrical blocks. As he grew older, the calligrapher began to develop his own style of writing. Wang Xizhi's xing (walking) style of calligraphy breathed life and motion into the written words. As its name suggests, xing calligraphy is a more flowing style of writing, allowing the writer to express his feelings and his moods through the brush.

Wang Xizhi's most celebrated piece of calligraphy is Lan Ting Xu (the prelude of the Orchid Pavillion). This was written in 353 AD, When the calligrapher and a group of 41 relatives and friends were on an outing in the countryside.

The picnickers sat by the two sides of a meandering stream. Little cups of wine were then floated downstream. When a cup stopped in front of anyone, that person was required to compose a poem. Those who failed to do so were made to drink the wine as forfeit.

At the end of the day, 26 of the picnickers had to compose a total of 35 poems. Much wine had also been consumed in the process.

The good company and the strong wine put Wang Xizhi in such a happy mood that he took up his brush and, there and then, wrote the Lan Ting Xu as a prelude to the collection of poems.

It is said that Wang Xizhi tried to reproduce the Prelude for nearly 100 times several days later, but he was never able to match his spontaneous calligraphy of that day.

An example of Wang Xizhin's script style (not the Lan Ting Xu)


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Re: Wang Xizhi [Re: Papaver]
    #2288724 - 01/31/04 02:30 AM (12 years, 8 months ago)


What if everything around you
Isn't quite as it seems?
What if all the world you think you know,
Is an elaborate dream?
And if you look at your reflection,
Is it all you want it to be?

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Re: Wang Xizhi [Re: Murex]
    #2288779 - 01/31/04 02:56 AM (12 years, 8 months ago)

Yes, and it gets even better! :cool:

Individualism became an important strain in painting, calligraphy, and poetry during the middle to later years of the Tang dynasty. As the central political sphere declined, there was an upsurge in localized unorthodox creative activity which seemed to stand outside all previous traditions. Taoist painters got drunk and painted with their hair or dragged each other across the paper?s surface, and their Chan counterparts sought similar release from societal constraints in calligraphy through the use of a new style of writing aptly named "wild cursive." The moral and civic value attached to modeling oneself on the great early Tang masters of the standard script from Taizong?s court was still recognized, but the new emphasis on individuality, the spontaneous, and the uninhibited marked a profound shift in calligraphic practice from an ultimately conservative tradition to one that favored self-expression and change.
As court calligraphers throughout the Tang period were engaged in setting and maintaining a standard for elegant writing in the Wang tradition, the actual forms of calligraphy championed by the court became increasingly conventionalized and stagnant. Wild cursive, a radically modified version of the draft cursive script of the Han dynasty, can be seen as a reaction against the atrophied writing styles of later Wang tradition calligraphers.?

Zhang Xu, detail from, "Four Letters on ancient?poems," written in wild cursive script.

Zhang Xu (active 710-750 AD) was said to be the originator of the wild cursive script.?He enjoyed considerable fame in his own day, and is counted among the Tang poet Du Fu?s "Eight Drunken Immortals."

Although wild cursive seems to break radically from all past traditions, Zhang Xu did base his writing style on one of the more prominent earlier calligraphers. It is believed that he was further influenced by the Taoist practice of automatic writing in sand.

Zhang Xu?s calligraphic style is widely praised, especially by later scholars, yet one of the by-products of his style is a pronounced deformation of word structures.?


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Re: Wang Xizhi [Re: Papaver]
    #2289263 - 01/31/04 10:00 AM (12 years, 8 months ago)

haha, that would be awesome to forever be remembered as one of the "Eight Drunken Immortals" :nut: :crazy2:

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