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HEART OF THE BRUSH: THE SPLENDOR OF EAST ASIAN CALLIGRAPHY. Kazuaki Tanahashi. Shambhala Publications, Inc., Boulder, 2016. Distributed by Penguin Random House LLC, New York. 400 pp. with 428 ills. 26 x 18 cm. LC 2015-7485 ISBN 9781611801347 In English.
Publisher's description: A guide to the history and enjoyment of Chinese and Japanese calligraphy that offers the possibility of appreciating it in a hands-on way -- with step-by-step instructions for brushing 150 classic characters. This book is a comprehensive and accessible introduction to the history and art of calligraphy as it's been practiced for centuries in China, Japan, and elsewhere in Asia. It works as a guide for the beginner hoping to develop an appreciation for Asian calligraphy, for the person who wants to give calligraphy-creation a try, as well as for the expert or aficionado who just wants to browse through and exult in lovely examples. It covers the history and development of the art, then the author invites the reader to give it a try. The heart of the book, called "Master Samples and Study," presents 150 characters -- from "action" to "zen" -- each in a two-page spread. On each verso page the character is presented in three different styles, each one chosen for its beauty and identified by artist when possible. The character's meaning, pronunciation (in Chinese, Japanese, Korean, and Vietnamese), etymology, the pictograph from which it evolved, and other notes of interest are included.
Indexing: Non-Western (Traditional/Native Arts), Asia (Traditional) — Drawing and Watercolor
Plans: 70
Worldwide Number: 169898
Paperbound $27.95t (libraries receive a 20% discount on this title)    

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