2001 Introduction to the Process of Wenzi Hua Development

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Six subjects among the many that Huang Yao painted were selected to demonstrate how the research resulting in notes and sketches were developed into paintings. These six were some of his favorite subjects where he had repeatedly returned to paint in different styles and sometimes on different types of paper.

The first three subjects were specifically chosen because Huang Yao himself had written about how he created them in his Mo Yuan Sui Bi articles that were published in the local newspaper. Not all the paintings that Huang Yao had done on these six topics are included here, only a sample was selected to demonstrate the varieties of styles available.

In general there appears to be a progression for the works to look like calligraphy of picture words in the early stages, but ended up later as paintings representing these words. Some subjects like "Fu, Lu, Sou" and the zen poems were more calligraphic while "San Yang Kai Tai" and "Long", the dragon were paintings even from the start. "Bai Niao Chao Feng" and "Wan Xiang Geng Xin" began with being calligraphic pieces, but because the subject matters were bird and elephant, they later became strictly paintings. As the research into the pictographs brought Huang Yao to examine the lifestyles of the primitive men, it was not surprising some of the paintings especially those for the dragon had some resemblance to those of the cave drawings.

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 Fu Lu Shou               Hui Nen Jie               San Yang Kai Tai       Bai Niao Chao Feng   Wan Xing Geng Xin    Long (Dragon)

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