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Harmony of Brush and Ink [Kindle Edition]

Bertrand Mao , Lin-Lin Mao

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Book Description

Learn about traditional Chinese painting and calligraphy through the artwork of Chinese-American artist Bertrand Mao. Over 70 beautiful paintings and calligraphy are included in this book along with an essay on traditional Chinese painting and calligraphy written by the artist. In addition, Bertrand Mao has translated into English all the Chinese calligraphy that appear in this book so that the English reader can enjoy the poetry and verses, many of which were written by ancient Chinese scholars. The artwork is beautiful and reflects the idyllic life.

“To Chinese people, calligraphy is much more than fancy handwriting. Like Chinese painting, it’s a cultural, poetic, and lyrical form of art.… It is almost without exception that a good artist in Chinese painting is also a good calligrapher. It can be said that Chinese painting is written with a brush, and Chinese calligraphy is drawn as a picture. Chinese painting and calligraphy work with each other as twin art forms.”
– Bertrand Mao, Harmony of Brush and Ink

Born in Jiangsu province, China, Bertrand Mao has studied and practiced Chinese calligraphy and painting for over sixty years. His work consists of the traditional Chinese art forms of Shan-Shui painting, Chinese calligraphy, and the Four Gentlemen of Chinese brush painting - plum blossom, chrysanthemum, bamboo, and orchid. A master of Chinese art, Bertrand Mao shares in this book his knowledge of Chinese calligraphy and painting along with some of his recent artwork. English translations of the calligraphy are included.

• Exhibitions, Public Collections, Lectures & Demonstrations
• Bibliography, Associations
• About the Artist

To learn more about the artist, please visit Bertrand Mao's website at

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3886 KB
  • Publisher: Mao Arts LLC (26 Mar. 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004U2TAOG
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #456,610 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4.0 out of 5 stars This is my first review. The book has examples ... 16 April 2015
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This is my first review. The book has examples of calligraphy, paintings and the four gentleman paintings by the artist in the style of famous Chinese artists. The pictures are clear and provide a certain amount of guidance through observation. The author provides translations of the calligraphy. There isn't any information on how to paint, the brush strokes or equipment used.
4.0 out of 5 stars Delightful overview of the types of Chinese Brush Painting with a small sampling for illustration - higher res reqd for KindleEd 15 Jun. 2012
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Delightful Overview of the types of Chinese Brush Ink Painting with small but good sampling of Shan Shui (landscape) and the 4 gentlemen (floral) paintings coupled with Chinese calligraphy and poetry.

A delightful treatise of the art though by no means comprehensive makes a pleasurable and educational read. Not a tutorial.

Kindle edition could have higher resolution photos of the paintings so that when enlarged, one can study the detailed brush strokes. Currently the stunning pics when enlarged have tended to blur.

5 star material minus one for blurring of pictures when enlarged.
5.0 out of 5 stars finding my ancient roots 2 Jan. 2013
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I am part Chinese. Recently I started a Chinese brush painting class. it has inspired me to learn more about China and their arts. I seen this book on Amazon and thought I'd give it a try. I down loaded it to my kindle so I could read it at doctor visits. I was so engrossed with it that I ended up reading it at home. It is a must have for anyone interested in the Chinese arts.
5.0 out of 5 stars Nice book 2 Jun. 2012
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This book contains nice reproductions of paintings and calligraphies, which are followed by descriptions and poems. I recommend to people who appreciate the tradicional chinese painting.
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