Shufa and the fashion illustration_part II: history of art, modern art and modern fashion illustration


So you are already familiar with shufa and the Chinese calligraphy. If not, read here my previous post. Today, some advice regarding the materials you need to have a beautiful shufa and some examples from the history of art, modern art and modern fashion illustration – all these just to see how things are connected and how shufa can help you have a beautiful, expressive brush.

For the beginning, I must say I was impressed to listen to Gary’s story about 100 brushes and the correct sound of them touching the surface of a rice paper. He said: a Chinese master can listen to 100 students painting in the same time and just because of the “music” the brushes make on the paper – he can say which student is not painting correctly.


Once again, let’s remember how to paint the hair with these brushes and using the shufa previous experience. Read the post once again and try to make the exercises below.

And now, back to the history of art, modern art and modern fashion illustration to understand how calligraphy turned into modern art and painting. Shufa seems closely related to abstract expressionism or action painting due to its 4 different levels (classic shufa, water shufa, crazy shufa and super crazy shufa as Gary mentioned them – I will search these days for their exact name and I will come back with an article regarding these 4 stages of shufa).

For example, take a look at Pierre Soulages’ paintings (Wikipedia: Soulages is known as “the painter of black” because of his interest in the colour, “both a colour and a non-colour. When light is reflected on black, it transforms and transmutes it. It opens up a mental field all of its own”) to discover expressive lines and large size brush strokes. The artist uses simple colors like black, red, white or his special blue to create large decorative paintings as you can see in these images.

Robert Motherwell was an American painter, printmaker and editor. He was one of the youngest of the New York School, which also included Jackson Pollock, Mark Rothko, Willem de Kooning, and Philip Guston. Robert was also representative for the abstract expressionism and also Color Field – a style of abstract painting that emerged in New York during the 1940s and the 1950s. Wikipedia: “Color Field is characterized primarily by large fields of flat, solid color spread across or stained into the canvas creating areas of unbroken surface and a flat picture plane.”

If interested in more artists and examples, see the abstract expressionism or the lyrical abstractionism, mainly the works of Hans Hartung – a German-French painter, known for his gestural abstract style. As for the influence of shufa in fashion illustration, see the next post here.

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