Standard Style

    Chinese calligraphy standard style

    Chinese Calligraphy Standard Style simplified Chinese: 楷书; traditional Chinese: 楷書; pinyin: kǎishū (also known as traditional regular script) is the newest of the Chinese script styles hence most common in modern writings and publications. It is attributed to the famous calligrapher Wang Xizhi (王羲之, 303-361) and his followers. Its spread was encouraged by Emperor Mingzong of Later Tang (926-933), who ordered the printing of the classics using new wooden blocks in Kaishu. Printing technologies here allowed shapes to stabilize. The Kaishu shape of characters 1000 years ago was mostly similar to that at the end of Imperial China. But small changes have been made, for example in the shape of广 which is not absolutely the same in the Kangxi Dictionary of 1716 as in modern books. The Kangxi and current shapes have tiny differences, while stroke order is still the same, according to old style.

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