Chinese calligraphy / a major art in China

calligraphy on mountain rock

In China, calligraphy is considered a major art, on a par with painting, music and poetry. It has always been venerated and has been part of everyday life for the Chinese for thousands of years, appearing on temples or palaces, in shops or private spaces, on book covers, cut into mountain rock or carved in wood or bamboo. During the Spring Festival, calligraphy can be found in the form of parallel sentences written on long sheets of red paper hung around the doors of houses to bring peace, happiness and prosperity. Many large corporations ask a great master to write their corporate name in calligraphy.

calligraphy around house doorphotos © Françoise Cloutier


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