An Overview of Chinese Calligraphy Books – Historical Surveys and Instructive Guides of Chinese Calligraphy

 

Instructive Guides of Chinese Calligraphy

When it comes to starting your calligraphy practice, you will likely find it helpful to purchase one or two books for easy reference. The instructive guides discussed here should all help you get off to a good start, and many of them provide you with tools for copying your first characters. Kwo Da-Wei’s 1981 book entitled “Chinese Brushwork in Calligraphy and Painting” may appear somewhat dated in its format, but it is nevertheless an excellent addition to any calligrapher’s library. Kwo is a fine calligrapher and accomplished painter in his own right, and he carefully explains the methods of writing and painting. Moreover, his historical and aesthetic analysis is very thorough and engaging. For anyone interested in the Chinese art tradition, this book is an excellent purchase: despite its age it is still in print, and with good reason.

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