Author:Wang Xizhi

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Wang Xizhi
(303–361)
Wang Xizhi (王羲之) was a famous Chinese calligrapher. One of the most celebrated calligraphers in Chinese history, he is said be the exemplar of the high art of calligraphy, a master of every form but particularly of the running script (xingshu Chinese “行書”). Born in Linqin county in Shandong province, he lived in present-day Shaoxing, Zhejiang, most of his life. None of his original works remain today.

His most famous work is the "Preface to the Poems Composed at the Orchid Pavilion" (Chinese: 蘭亭序; Hanyu Pinyin: Lán Tíng Xù), the preface of a collection of poems written by a number of poets when gathering at Lan Ting near the town of Shaoxing in Zhejiang for the Spring Purification Festival). The original is lost, but there is a number of fine tracing copies and rubbings.

Wang Xizhi is particularly remembered for one of his hobbies - rearing geese.

Wang Xizhi

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Works by this author published before January 1, 1923 are in the public domain worldwide because the author died at least 100 years ago. Translations or editions published later may be copyrighted. Posthumous works may be copyrighted based on how long they have been published in certain countries and areas.