Art of the Chinese Gentleman
I'm sure that those who practice this art (and can read it !) are in a much better position to evaluate it than I am --- but it's excellence jumps out at me -- just like an instrumental solo on a musical recording (and I can't play any instruments either)
These examples are not as spectacular/florid as those of Xugu , who seemed to have modified his practice to accommodate the mood of each painting to which it was attached.
But then, Xugu was a professional artist, while Wang Rui Fu, the creator of this calligraphy, was professional bureaucrat of the old school -- i.e. he was a Confucian gentleman.
Unfortunately for him, the 1960's was not a good time for Confucian gentlemen in mainland China, and Wang Rui Fu was locked in a cell for five years -- during which time he wrote and memorized (there was no paper) the poetry that he later recorded with the attached calligraphy.
(It's quite a story -- since as a high ranking party official, he had helped design the prison into which he was later interred -- and in his youth, he and his wife had been young revolutionaries who marched with the Red Army during the civil war)
These characters are really elegant, aren't they? (and the actual letters are incredibly small - about 1/2 inch)
And though he wasn't a professional artist, my friend Ming's father practiced them every day of his un-incarcerated life.
Will Confucian values survive into the next generations ?
I don't know -- but at least in aesthetics, they present an educational model that is vastly superior to visual "art education" as we now know it.