Chinese Calligraphy: An Introduction to Its Aesthetic and Technique by Chiang Yee, 蒋彝
I've always found calligraphy fascinating. I love studying the ancient scrolls in the National Palace Museum in Taiwan all the while wishing I understood more Chinese to appreciate them more. This book lays out different aspects of calligraphy in 11 chapters from the origins of calligraphy, techniques, and the cultural significance of calligraphy in Chinese culture.
After reading this book, I certainly have a better appreciation of the different styles of calligraphy, and deeper knowledge of the techniques used. Now, all I really lack is practical knowledge. I really feel the urge to enroll in a calligraphy class to try it myself. Reading books is great to learn, but at a certain point you just have to 'do it'.
For now, this book will proudly sit on my bookshelf as a reference tome to the mysterious art of Chinese calligraphy. I am very proud to have dug this up at a used bookstore for only $3 USD. This is a worthy addition to any bookshelf for those interested in Chinese culture.
Rating: ★★★★★ Book #68 in my My 2020 Reading Challenge