Wang Xianzhi (simplified Chinese: 王献之; traditional Chinese:
王獻之; pinyin: Wáng Xiànzhī; Wade–Giles: Wang Hsien-chih,
344–386), courtesy name Zijing (子敬), was a famous Chinese
calligrapher of the
Eastern Jin dynasty.
He was the seventh and youngest son of the famed Wang Xizhi. Wang
inherited his father's talent for the art, although his siblings were
all notable calligraphers. His style is more fluid than his father's,
demonstrating a reaction against Wang Xizhi's calligraphy. Amongst his
innovations is the one-stroke cursive script, which blends all
characters in the writing in a single stroke. Until the Tang Dynasty
his influence and reputation rivaled and even surpassed that of his
When he was young, his father,
Wang Xizhi found his talent and started
calligraphy since he was seven to eight years old. He used stacks of
paper just to practice one pen holding movement. After five years, he
finally started to write words. Wang Xianzhi, at that time, is still
far away from his father's skill. However, he did not stop. He
continued and practiced. He finally became as skilled as his father.
His patience was highly remarked by modern people. Along with his
father, he was eventually crowned as one of the Four Talented
Calligraphers (四賢) in Chinese calligraphy.
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