My picture of happiness
Here it is,
my picture of happiness,
done by the Ming calligrapher,
Chu Yun-ming (1461-1527)
It's not chaos,
it's just loose and lively,
like a day well spent
doing a bunch of things,
that are completely different
but strangely related.
Who would have thought
that the quattrocento
would have been as great anywhere
else as in Western Europe ?
Born to a leading family of Changzhou,
Chu Yun-ming was a child prodigy,
and known for his advocacy of all three great teachers
(Confucius,Buddha, Lao Tse)
as well as various social issues.
he was a 4th Century revivalist
(Wang Hsi-chih and Chung Yu)
To teach Confucian values, he wrote:
"just as every brushstroke must evoke an archaic idea,
every character must be based on an historical source"
after his retirement from government service at the age of 60,
he developed the wild cursive style for which he
"the placing of each stroke should be heavy and powerful,
as in a standard script. Every dot and stroke should
be forthright, strong and precise"
But they're also playful.
My picture of happiness.