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Title

Calligraphy

18th century

Artist

ZHU Nan

China

18th century -

Alternate image of Calligraphy by ZHU Nan
Alternate image of Calligraphy by ZHU Nan
Alternate image of Calligraphy by ZHU Nan
Alternate image of Calligraphy by ZHU Nan
Alternate image of Calligraphy by ZHU Nan
Alternate image of Calligraphy by ZHU Nan
Alternate image of Calligraphy by ZHU Nan
  • Details

    Alternative title
    (Calligraphy scrolls)
    Place where the work was made
    China
    Period
    Qing dynasty 1644 - 1911 → China
    Date
    18th century
    Media categories
    Scroll , Painting , Calligraphy
    Materials used
    four hanging scrolls; ink on paper
    Dimensions
    30.5 x 128.0 cm each scroll
    Signature & date

    Signed., l.l. [of the last scroll] in Chinese, inscribed in black ink, " signed Zhu Nan."

    Credit
    Edward and Goldie Sternberg Chinese art purchase fund 1992
    Location
    Not on display
    Accession number
    59.1992.a-d
    Copyright

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    Artist information
    ZHU Nan

    Works in the collection

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  • About

    Zhu Nan was a noted and recorded calligrapher in 18th century Qing China. This set of scrolls is executed in cursive script, with all the quiet drama, spontaneity and emotive variation that are characteristic of the style. They read (from right to left):

    'The calligraphy of Wang Youjing (Wang Xizhi) of the Jin dynasty is unique and powerful, superior to any before and after him./ His brushwork is like a flying dragon and dancing phoenix, and resembles astonishing thunder and falling rocks./ It contains the vitality of expression, the spirit of the mountain and forest, and the beauty of the pavilion. Everything about it is so admirable./ His writing is so unique in history, it is treated as a great treasure. I wrote this to Ting Gui, my kindest brother, for your instruction [signed Zhu Nan].'

    The phrase of 'Long Fei FengWu', flying dragon and dancing phoenix, was first used by famous Song Dynasty poet Su Shi(1037-1101). It is often used in Chinese to describe lively and vigorous flourishes in calligraphy.

    The Chinese character for 'dragon' has evolved from oracle bones and bronze inscriptions to the two types of modern day writing (the simplified style or the more complicated style). Calligraphers throughout history also created their own styles when writing the character.

    Asian Art Department, AGNSW, January 2012

  • Places

    Where the work was made

    China

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 5 exhibitions

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 3 publications