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Famous Calligrapher Sha Menghai VCD

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Calligrapher Sha Menghai (Collection Edition)
--Xiling Celebrated Masters Series
Published by Zhejiang Culture and Art Publishing House, 1997
Medium: 1 VCD disc
Narration: Mandarin Chinese
ISRC: CNE149700660

Calligrapher Sha Menghai was one of the leading artists in contemporary Chinese calligraphy art and a renowned scholar. With numerous valuable data and historical scenes, this disc faithfully represents the great master's top-grade art skill and scholarly style of creation. The inscriptions collected here such as Mahavira Hall in Hangzhou and the Tower of Yellow Crane in Wuchang, plus many couplets on pillars and stone inscriptions scattering all over China, have long been valued by the calligraphy field as art masterpieces and national treasure. This program may serve as art textbook in calligraphy as well as valuable historical data and will find its way into the collection of the wide public of calligraphy lovers. Mr. Sha was for many years Director of the Xiling Seal-engraving Society, which is praised as "the leading art society in China." The documentary film "Xiling Seal-engraving Society" is appended in this disc.

Sha Menghai (1900 - 1992) was born in Shacun, Yin County. Born into a family of a famous doctor and scholar, Sha Menghai received good family education and studied seal cutting from an early age. At about the age of 20, Sha Menghai's calligraphy was already well known. In 1922, during his stay in Shanghai as a private tutor, Sha Menghai had the chance of meeting calligraphy masters like Kang Youwei and Wu Changshuo, whom he admired very much, and such meetings had far-reaching influence upon his calligraphy and seal cutting. By the age of 50, his calligraphy featured various styles of seal, official script, regular script, cursive script and grass style. In his late years, he specialized in cursive script and grass style in particular. His calligraphy seemed to have great momentum, vigorous, profound and sturdy, having its own style. It could be said that his pursuit of calligraphy art was both deep and broad, and reached a superb state. In 1949, he refused to go to Taiwan. Upon founding of the People's Republic of China, he worked as professor in the Department of Chinese, Zhejiang University. In 1963, he worked as calligraphy professor in the Department of Chinese Paintings of Zhejiang Academy of Fine Arts.

With 70 years of practice in calligraphy, Sha Menghai was respected as a master in modern calligraphy. In 1979, he was selected director of Xileng Seal Society and vice chairman of Chinese Association of Calligraphers. He was knowledgeable, rich in experience, and exact in pursuit of study. He searched deep in the art of calligraphy, paleography, the art of seal cutting, epigraphy, and archaeology. He died in Hangzhou in 1992. His works published on calligraphy alone include 'Art of Calligraphy in Last 300 Years', 'Briefs on the Art of Seals', 'Sha Menghai on Calligraphy', 'History of the Art of Seals', 'Illustrated History of Chinese Calligraphy', 'Collection of Sha Menghai's Calligraphic Works', 'Seal Cuttings of Lansha Library', 'Chronicle of Sha Menghai's Calligraphy'. He was the editor-in-chief of works 'A Grand Collection of China's New Literature (Calligraphy Volume)' and so on.


沙孟海先生是中国当代书坛泰斗、著名学者。曾任浙江省博物馆名誉馆长、中国书法家协会副主席、顾问、书协浙江分会主席等职。先生学识渊博,于古典文学,古文字学、金石学以及艺术教育,皆有卓越成就,而书艺及书学尤为世重。本片通过许多弥足珍贵的资料和历史镜头,将沙老生前频繁的书事活动和杭州的湖光山色融为一体,生动真实地再现了大师昔日娴熟的书法技艺和诲人不倦的学者风范。沙老的艺术魅力历来为中外学者所称颂,本片辑录的杭州灵隐“大雄宝殿”“宝石山”、“西湖第一名园”、泰山 “云步跻天”、成都“武侯祠”、武昌“黄鹤楼”等遍布祖国山河的题匾、楹联和石刻,其苍劲雄健的擘窠大字,被书法界奉为艺术珍品、国之瑰宝。为弘扬民族文化,推崇国粹,经出品人精心策划制作,本片是一部独具特色的名家专辑,愿其成为广大书法爱好者鉴赏、收藏的书艺教材和宝贵史料。

Sha Menghai Inscription Calligraphy Work Mahavira Hall in Hangzhou

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