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Heart of the Brush: The Splendor of East Asian Calligraphy




Heart of the Brush
The Splendor of East Asian Calligraphy

By  
Kazuaki TANAHASHI (Author)

Shambhala, 2016
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    About this book

Its history, techniques, aesthetics, and philosophy with an in-depth practical guide to understanding and drawing 150 characters 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 afficionado 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. At the bottom of the page the stroke order is shown: the sequence of brush movements, numbered in their traditional order. On each facing recto page is Kaz's own interpretation of the character, full page.'
 
    About the author

KAZUAKI TANAHASHI is an accomplished Japanese calligrapher, Zen teacher, author, and translator of Buddhist texts from Japanese and Chinese to English, most notably works by Dogen. He first met Shunryu Suzuki in 1964, and upon reading Suzuki's book 'Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind' he stated, 'I could see it's 'Shobogenzo' in a very plain, simple language.' He has helped notable Zen teachers author books on Zen Buddhism, such as John Daido Loori. A fellow of the World Academy of Art and Science, Tanahashi is also an environmentalist and a peace worker.
 
    Details
 
ISBN: 9781611801347
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 432
Sizes: 254x178mm
Publication: 1/2016
Weight: 897g
Languages:
English



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