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Ink & Brush

 Chinese Calligraphy & painting

 

“Since the dawn of its civilization, China has cultivated a particular branch of the visual arts that has no equivalent anywhere else in the world.”

– Simon Leys on calligraphy

Chinese Calligraphy

Chinese calligraphy has a long a rich history. Learn about what it is, how to learn it and its place in Chinese history.

Chinese Painting

Traditional Chinese painting has its own distinct styles, philosophies, and history.

Besotted by Flower Vapors by Huang Tingjian
Besotted by Flower Vapors (1087) by Huang Tingjian, ink and paper, cursive script, 30.7 x 43.2 cm. National Palace Museum, Taipei. (Image Source: Wikipedia Commons)
Harmonizing with a Poem by Qin Guan by Su Shi
Harmonizing with a Poem by Qin Guan (1079 AD) by Su Shi, ink on paper, running script. National Palace Museum, Taipei. Image source:  National Palace Museum’s Open Data collection)
a solitary clearing amid peaks by li cheng
A Solitary Temple amid Clearing Peaks (ca. 960) by Li Cheng, hanging scroll, ink on silk, 111.4 x 56 cm. Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, Missouri. (Purchase: Nelson Trust). (Image source: Wikipedia Commons)
Listening to the Qin by the Emperor Huizong
Listening to the Qin (ca. 1102) by the Emperor Huizong, hanging scroll, ink and colour on silk. 147.2 x 51.3cm. Palace Museum, Beijing. (Image source: Wikipedia Commons)
travellers by Streams and Mountains by Fan Kuan
Travellers by Streams and Mountains (ca. 1000) by Fan Kuan, hanging scroll, ink on silk, 206.3 x 103.3 cm. National Palace Museum, Taipei. (Image source: Alamy)

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