Brief Introduction to Chinese Calligraphy Book I

Not many nations in the world possess the art of calligraphy. China does. The history of Chinese calligraphy is not only the longest in the world, but also the most widely spread art in China, and its relation with the national culture is the closest.

This book intends to provide a profound knowledge about the basic aspects of Chinese calligraphy to those who are interested in Chinese culture and those who will invest in Chinese arts and calligraphy and to those who wish to learn how to write with a brush pen.

The book is composed of the following contents:

Part I covers the evolution of Chinese calligraphy from inscriptions on pottery to what it is today, influential calligraphers and related ancedocts; Part II illustrates various tools used in the calligraphy; Part III provides some basic appraisal methods and basic ways of mounting; Part IV intends to arm the readers with approaches to collection and the final part gives the readers some rough idea of market price of calligraphy works.


This is the first book of the series of Chiese calligraphy, the second book is Learn How to Write with a Brush Pen (Regular Script), the third book is Learn How to Write with a Brush Pen (Official Script), the fourth one is a textbook on teaching of free hand, the fifth one on teaching on seal script and the final one on teaching of grass style. Those who have studied the series would have an appreciative or critical eye on calligraphy works, and would have laid a solid foundation for becoming a calligrapher.



Chapter I    An overview of Chinese calligraphy

Chapter II  The embryo of Chinese characters—inscriptions on oracle bones

Chapter III    The sacrificial language—inscriptions on bronze ware

Chapter IV     Classics of incriptions on stone

Chapter V    The antique-like seal script

Chapter VI   The robust clerical script

Chapter VII  The stately regular script

Chapter VIII    The natural and smooth free hand

Chapter IX   The Proud Cursive Script

Chapter X    Witness of history—seal cutting

Chapter XI   Stele and Rubbings 

Chapter I    The brush pen

Chapter II    The ink

Chapter III   The paper

Chapter IV   The ink stone

Chapter I   Discrimination 

Chapter I    Basics of Collecting calligraphical work

Chapter II   Preserving Methods and Protection

Chapter I    The market for ancient calligraphers’ works

Chapter II   The market for modern and contemperory calligraphers’ works

Chapter III   Investment in calligraphical works