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"To He Lanxian" by Du Fu in Cursive and Regular Scripts

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Period: Song dynasty (960-1279)
Medium: ink on paper
Format: album leaf

Date: undated
Scriptstyle: cursive and regular scripts
Calligrapher(s): Huang Tingjian (1045-1105)

Dimensions: 34.7 × 69.6 cm

Huang Tingjian transcribed a poem To He Lanxian by the great poet Du Fu (712-770). The strokes are rendered continuously with forceful round turns, in a way like flying dragon and dancing snake. The four characters in the end are written in regular script, looking dynamic and complementing the cursive script. This calligraphy and the Flowers' Fragrance kept in the National Palace Museum in Taibei are honored as the "Twin Beauties" of Huang Tingjian.   
  Huang was a student of Su Shi (1037-1101). He was adept at poetry and specialized in calligraphy. Su Shi and Huang Tingjian are two of the Four Calligraphy Masters of the Northern Song dynasty.

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