1987. Item #A6577
Chuo School of Art Press. Hoen Ho: Kyuseikyu Reisenmei Rinsho Shugakucho [The Square and Circle Method: Penmanship etc.]. Tokyo: Chu Bijyutsu Gakuen Shuppankyoku [Chuo School of Art Press], 1987. 83 loose sheets total, housed in a folding cardboard case with ties. The sheets are ca. 9 1/2 x 13 inches. ** Portfolio of progressive models for learning how to write characters in the Chinese kaisho or block style. This classic style of Chinese brush calligraphy dates back to 632 CE and is considered especially beautiful. The left side of the opened portfolio houses a sheet of instructions and 41 sheets showing many characters (mostly 4 to a page), which become increasingly complex. Printed in red and black on light card stock. The right side houses 41 sheets of tracing paper that show the same characters. Printed on the front side are red grids; on the back side are the characters, which show through for the student to trace. These are contained within the original paper band. Some corners of the tracing sheets are bumped from storage; the opening sheets show light handling wear and soil. Overall very good to fine, never used. Although there are online and other methods for learning this style of brushwork, few can be so elegant.