C54 宋徽宗· 秾芳诗


Emperor Hui Zong of Song Dynasty·Nong Fang Shi (The Blossom)
朝代:北宋(公元960 年- 公元 1127 年)



Dynasty: Northern Song (960 – 1127)

Author: Zhao Ji, Emperor of Song Dynasty (1082 – 1135)

Overview: ‘Nong Fang Shi’ is a poem produced by Emperor Hui Zong of the Song Dynasty. It was written in the ‘Shou Jin Ti’ style (a narrow-stroked calligraphy style), in sentences presented in a 5-word sequence. The masterpiece is now housed in Taipei’s ‘Gu Gong’ Museum (Taiwan’s National Palace Museum), in the form of a silk scroll. The ‘Shou Jin Ti’ calligraphy is presented in 20 columns with each column housing 2 words, totalling 40. It amazes with unique strokes that fulfil every aspect of a well-learned calligrapher. The calligraphy is harmonised with flexible strokes amid a rigid profile. On the overleaf of the scroll, there is a notable epilogue by Chen Bang Yan. One thing for sure is that Emperor Hui Zong was blessed with artistic mastery beyond the ordinary. He was renowned for his talents in poetry, painting, music and play. His style of calligraphy was inspired by Song Dynasty’s famous calligrapher Huang Ting Jian and Tang Dynasty’s Xue Ji. Emperor Hui Zong’s ‘Shou Jin Ti’ stamps its mark like the swooshing of a sword. If you study the strokes closely, you would notice that ‘Shou Jin Ti’ packs quite a punch at every stroke. It keeps a balanced, dynamic profile across all four corners of each character. Be thrilled with graceful brush movements from the beginning and sharp finishes at the end. The strokes flow like moving clouds, just as its name suggests.

Calligraphy Style: Kai Shu