Huang Yao's Calligraphy
All of Huang Yao's calligraphic work was executed upside down; Huang Yao called this Chuyun shu. It is a technique he discovered in his attempt to imitate handwriting of children so as to capture the childlike innocence inherent in human nature, first used with his cartoon Niubizi. Later, through perseverance, diligent practice together with the mastery of writing ancient scripts, he developed a clumsy style of writing that has an ancient feel. Although he was able to write any of the Chinese script with Chuyun shu, only this ancient clumsy style and caoshu are presented here. It is because many of his calligraphic skills and innovations can already be seen in the Wenzi hua section. He was convinced that a foundation in calligraphy is necessary for painting. Beginners, he advised, should start with imitating the writings of a master calligrapher who was compatible with his or her personality.
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