The Art of Calligraphy

Calligraphy is an art dating back to the earliest day of history, and widely practiced throughout Asia to this day. Although it uses Chinese words as its vehicle of expression, one does not have to know Chinese to appreciate its beauty. Because in essence, Calligraphy is an abstract art.

However, except for those brought up in the artistic traditions of the country, its aesthetic significance seems to be very difficult to grasp. While viewing a Western abstract painting, one does not ask, "What is it?" When viewing Chinese calligraphy, one need not ask, "What is the Chinese word?" Like all art, it is best to simply look at them for enjoyment. Do not be sidetracked with questions of theory, technique, etc. Do not worry about "What is it?"

Calligraphy in different styles: