A Study on the Relationship Between Chinese Calligraphy and Painting in the Painter Colony of the 20th Century: a Case Study of Zhang Daqian

Haidong XU


Based on the different opinions of the relationship between Chinese calligraphy and painting in the painter colony of the 20th century, we can divide the painter colony in the 20th century into three kinds: calligraphic techniques into painting, abandon calligraphy from painting, painting techniques into calligraphy, and Zhang Daqian’s art has its specific characteristic of calligraphic techniques into painting, that is, his calligraphy emphasizes on copy and artistic law, the technique borrowing of calligraphy in his painting is not obvious, and there is no apparent trace of “painter’s viewpoint”. Meanwhile, he also makes a learn and absorb from Western painting, but the learning of Western painting can’t make him abandon calligraphy from painting. The peculiarity of the relationship between calligraphy and painting in Zhang Daqian’s works derives from his deep understanding of the relationship between calligraphy and painting, and we need to grasp the context of painting history, clarify the time that calligraphy steps in painting and the way that calligraphy affects painting.


The relationship between calligraphy and painting; Calligraphic techniques into painting; Influence and reference; Artistic independence

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3968/4851


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