Calligraphy Collection of Emperor Huizong of the Song Dynasty
Calligraphist: Emperor Huizong of the Song DynastyStyle: Kai Shu, Xing Shu, Cao ShuEdition Information:
Chinese, 276 pages, 7.4 in x 13 in / 18.5 cm x 32.5 cm, softcover
There have been many great and well-known Chinese calligraphy masters throughout the years, but few had as unique a style as Emperor Huizong (1082-1135).
The Calligraphy Collection of Emperor Huizong of the Song Dynasty collects Emperor Huizong's most appreciated calligraphy works, which were written in Kai Shu, Xing Shu and Cao Shu script style.
What made Emperor Huizong’s writing style so unique, and different from the other great masters, was that his writing is far more slim. Because of this, it is often considered more elegant. Calligraphists that came after him honored his style by naming it the the "Slender Gold Style." It has been reported that he led an extravagant lifestyle, which may have contributed to the embellished nature of his writing style.
In addition to being a calligraphist, Emperor Huizong also was a musician, poet and painter, and many of his paintings have survived as a testament to his great work. The primary subjects he worked with while painting were birds and flowers. During his lifetime, he also sought to find more great masters of art in China.
This book is a great resource for anyone that wants to learn more about Song Huizong’s artwork.
Moreover, since The Calligraphy Collection of Emperor Huizong of the Song Dynasty is so easy to read, it is also a great source for anyone who wants to learn the Slender Gold Style. Because the book is in paperback form, it remains open easily as you practice writing this unique and gorgeous style.
The Calligraphy Collection of Emperor Huizong of the Song Dynasty comes with an attractive and elegant cover contrasted by a vertical white rectangular, all of which is covered with Emperor Huizong's distinctive script.