2001 From Pictorial Calligraphy to Calligraphic Painting

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From Tuhua Wenzi "Pictorial Calligraphy" to Wenzi Hua "Calligraphic Painting" by Wang Nanming 2001

Huang Yao's two articles entitled Tuhua wenzi and Wenzi hua expounded his main idea in artistic creation, that is, the development of his early interest in Pictorial Calligraphy to his active practice of Calligraphic Painting. As Huang Yao explained the basis of his interest in this aspect of art :

The written character is the linguistic sign. As a human first learns how to speak, there is no difference between the utterance of the baby and the ape : each only knows how to open its mouth to utter the sounds that express its desires. Be they sad sobs, happy gurgles, anxious cries, the sounds uttered are none other than 'wah-ah', 'ha-ah' and 'yay-ah'. As humans progressed, there was a need to record the forms, sounds, and semantics of the basic human expressions, and the feelings that livened their hearts. Thus, humans developed various signs to signify all these expressions, which took the form of pictographs, becoming the earliest writing system... There are many ancient civilisations with rich cultural expressions, especially in terms of the writing system, like Mesopotamia, Egypt, Maya and even Africa... Even for those who remained in the Palaeolithic age, they had a kind of language, and a form of pictorial sign system which I preliminary call tuhua wenzi "Pictorial Calligraphy"...

Download English PDF : From Tuhua Wenzi "Pictorial Calligraphy" to Wenzi Hua "Calligraphic Painting" by Wang Nanming - an article by Huang Nanming ( 24 pages )

Download Chinese PDF : 从“图画文字” 到 “文字画” 的实践 - 王南溟 ( 21 页 )

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