An Introduction to Chinese calligraphy, by renowned Chinese calligrapher Mr. Zhang Zhenzhong from Wenzhou, (Zhejiang Province, China ).
Anchored by – Mrs. Radha Srnivasagopalan, online live translation by – Mr. Chen Peng
PREMIERE – MARCH 20, 2021 18:00 PM.
书画家张振中简介 Introduction to Calligrapher Mr. Zhang Zhenzhong
Mr. Zhang Zhenzhong was born in 1934 to a noble family in Kunyang, Wenzhou, (Zhejiang Province, China ). Mr.Zhang’s family belongs to the Chinese cultural field of calligraphy and painting and medicine. Since childhood, Mr.Zhang has been fond of painting, calligraphy, and seal cutting. In his early years, he studied diligently at Tianjin Maolin Calligraphy Institute. Mr.Zhang extensively studied the famous inscriptions of the Qin, Han, Jin, and Tang dynasties. For decades, the art of calligraphy and calligraphy has been regarded as a great pleasure of spiritual life. Mr.Zhang tirelessly studied calligraphy, nature, flowers and birds, landscapes. Mr. Zhang pursues his work with heart, he expresses them in the style of his writing and artistic effect of natural interest. Mr.Zhang is currently a member of the “Wenzhou Branch of Chinese Painting and Calligraphy Art Association” and one of the Director’s of “Wenzhou Nanou Painting and Calligraphy Academy”. He has participated in various provincial and municipal level painting and calligraphy exhibitions and has achieved many awards. His works are both refined and popular and are deeply loved by the peoples. In every Spring Festival, Mr. Zhang shares good fortune to the peoples through his handwritten Spring Festival couplets to the community residents, which is well received by the masses. His Calligraphy works are often collected by calligraphy lovers and collectors at home and abroad.
Speech by Mr. Zhang Zhenzhong
Hello, Chairman of Pondicherry India-China Friendship Association Mrs. Radha. It is a pleasure to meet you today. The distance between us has been shortened through the Internet connection so that it is very convenient to communicate. I am 88 years old this year, I have retired for more than 20 years, and I am physically strong. I used to be a corporate missionary and retired, and I have always dealt with calligraphy at work. After retiring, things were a lot less, and writing calligraphy became my hobby. In addition to studying the health regimen, I also read ancient medicine books, play chess, and take the time to write a few words every day. This has become a habit. Every New Year’s Day, community residents will ask me to write Spring Festival couplets on the door (Chinese Spring Festival has a tradition of pasting Spring Festival couplets, which means good luck and good luck in the New Year).
1. Chinese calligraphy has a long history. According to modern textual research, it is generally believed that Chinese characters originated in the “Yangshao Culture Period” in the middle reaches of the Yellow River in China about 5,000 years ago. The ancestors regarded them as a form of artistic expression. Therefore, a kind of traditional art unique to Chinese characters-Chinese calligraphy was produced. After 3000 years of accumulation and creation, there is a profound cultural accumulation and the artistic charm of calligraphy Yu Fa.
2. Chinese calligraphy is beautiful, there are traditionally five forms.
Indian Prime Minister Nehru once said: “There is an ancient country in the world, and every word in it is a beautiful painting and a beautiful poem.
Chinese calligraphy takes masculine and softness as its beauty. The lines, strength, three-dimensionality, and rhythm of calligraphy determine the masculine and feminine feel of calligraphy. Good calligraphy combines masculinity and femininity. Without losing the sense of beauty. Lines are the basis of calligraphy, the most direct embodiment of calligraphy, and an important medium for calligraphers to express their emotions.
Chinese calligraphy includes five script styles: running script, cursive script, official script, seal script, and regular script.
Each has its own characteristics. This is a writing rule of language symbols. According to the characteristics and meaning of the characters, it is written with the brushwork, structure, and composition of Chinese characters to create a sense of beauty. In particular, the seal script is as interesting as painting, and the structure is also beautiful, which is very popular among people. The art of Chinese calligraphy requires not only beautiful appearance but also spiritual connotation. Appreciating a calligraphy work requires not only looking at each word but also as a whole.
3. Many calligraphers spring up in Chinese history.
There are many calligraphers in ancient China. Among them, there are four famous calligraphers, namely Ouyang Xun, Yan Zhenqing, Liu Gongquan, and Zhao Mengfu. They are the representatives of Ou Ti, Yan Ti, Liu Ti, and Zhao Ti.
Ouyang Xun has handed down many masterpieces of calligraphy, and his greatest contribution is to summarize and summarize the regular scripts of previous lives, forming his own unique European style.
Yan Zhenqing is the most innovative calligrapher among the four great masters. He is able to draw on the strengths of hundreds of schools to form his own unique body. Yan Zhenqing is not only good at the regular script, but his cursive is also unique.
Liu Gongquan’s handed-down calligraphy is mostly copied by later calligraphy practitioners and has extremely high artistic value. His fonts are clean, vigorous, and unique. Later generations called Liu Gongquan’s regular script and Yan Zhenqing’s regular script “Yan Jin Liu Gu”.
Among Zhao Mengfu’s calligraphy, regular script and running script are the more famous ones. The most characteristic of his calligraphy is gentleness and elegance.
4. Calligraphy exchanges become a bridge of friendly exchanges.
In recent years, with the continuous expansion of International calligraphy exchange channels, the cooperation between international calligraphy groups and calligraphers has become closer. Through a series of international exhibitions and exchange visits, such as the International Calligraphy Exchange Exhibition and “The Beauty of Chinese Characters”, the Chinese Calligraphers Association has made the spread of the art of calligraphy around the world, shows a promising situation of vigorous development. Calligraphy has become more and more popular all over the world.
It is understood that the art of Chinese calligraphy has become a wonderful business card for China to show its national image to the world. Confucius Institutes and other sinology institutions all over the world have spread the beauty of calligraphy and Chinese characters throughout the world. So far, there have been 18 countries and Local calligraphy groups and artists from all over the world have established friendly exchange relations with the Chinese Calligraphers Association. India also has Sanskrit calligraphy, and South Korea, Japan, and other countries have calligraphy. Calligraphy has become a carrier of friendly exchanges between countries. Through a series of exhibitions and seminars, international calligraphy exchanges have been continuously promoted.
Mr. Zhang Zhenzhong
March 3, 2021