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Regular Script - Copy and Practice Liu Gongquan's Imperial Guards Stele VCD

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Regular Script - Copy and Practice Liu Gongquan's Imperial Guards Stele
- Coping and Practicing Calligraphy of Past Dynasties Series
Instructor: Qin Yonglong
Language: Mandarin Chinese
Published by Beijing Zhonglutongfang Audio-Visual Publishing House, 2005
Media: VCD
ISBN: 788010691X

The regular script or standard script, or in Chinese kaishu, also commonly known as standard regular, is the newest of the Chinese calligraphy styles (appearing by the Cao Wei dynasty ca. 200 CE and maturing stylistically around the 7th century), hence most common in modern writings and publications (after the non-calligraphic printing Song Ti). It is also occasionally known as true script (zhenshu) and standard script (zhengshu), formal script. It is simpler in structure and square in shape. To be specific, it has more standardized horizontal and vertical. The integral feature of regular script is neatness and orderliness, for which it is widely used and favored today. Regular script became popular in the period of Six Dynasties, and entered prosperity and boom in Tang Dynasty. Yang Zhenqing, Liu Gongquan, and Ouyang Xun were famous calligraphers of Tang Dynasty. Together with Zhao Mengfu in Yuan Dynasty, they were honored together "Four Masters of Calligraphy" in Chinese history. Their works include Yanqin Rite Tablet and Record of Damagu Divine Altar of Yan’s style featuring sturdiness; Mysterious Pagoda and Stele of Wonderful Strategies of Liu’s style featuring strength and power; Danba Tablet, Miaoyan Temple Tablet, and Scripture on the Pagoda of Huadu Temple of Meng’s style featuring elegance and slenderness.

The inscription of Imperial Guards Stele, recording an emperor's inspection of a royal guards unit, is the signature calligraphy of Liu Gongquan (778 - 865, a famous calligrapher who stood with Yan Zhenqing as one of the two great masters of late Tang calligraphy). The position of style is steady and well-proportioned in this epigraph, it reserved the traditional frame: left of the style is compact and right of the style is incompact. The tip of a writing brush vigor of style in writing used both square and round, and it's Flexibility in the use of this Techniques. The strokes in Imperial Guards Stele is imperturbable, dovish and magnificent. It typically represent the artistic trait of regular script named Liu style. The stone stele was set up in the Imperial Palace where few people could access to copy it. It was lost long ago and only one rubbing survived.

In this TV educational program, the instructor Pro. Qin Yonglong is a famous calligrapher in China. He has taught and researched Chinese Calligraphy since 1973 in Beijing Normal University.





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