Zhao Gou's "On Health Preservation in True Cursive Script" on paper, 23.5 cm in length and 602.8 cm in width, collected by Shanghai Museum

  The volume "On Health Preservation" is one of Zhao Gou's masterpieces that still exists. The scroll is 25.1 centimeters long and 603.6 centimeters wide. It is written in real cursive script. From a formal point of view, it is exactly the same as Jiyong's "Zhencao Thousand Character Essay". The real script and the cursive script are arranged in between, reflecting each other. The orderly arrangement is full of a kind of even and peaceful beauty. The calligraphy of the Song Dynasty was developed on the basis of the calligraphy of the Tang Dynasty. Despite the intervention of literati and officials during this period, their bohemian character strongly developed the artistic beauty of calligraphy, expressing their individuality and sublime nature. The calligraphy style of "Shangyi" has increasingly become a main aesthetic trend. However, the calligraphy of the "Two Kings" of the Wei and Jin Dynasties has a deep-rooted historical and cultural heritage. Even if Su, Huang and Mi hold high the banner of "Shangyi", They also built their creations on the basis of imitating the Jin and Tang Dynasties. As a king who loved calligraphy in the Song Dynasty, he regarded the calligraphy of the Jin and Tang Dynasties as the model. Song Huizong Zhao Ji did the same, and Song Gaozong Zhao Gou did the same. During this period, the style of compiling and engraving pavilions was unprecedentedly prosperous, which reflected this fact from one side.

  Zhao Gou's "On Health Preservation" completely inherits the calligraphy style of the "Two Kings" line. The writing style is smooth and round, the essence is pure, plump and round without losing the air of purity and elegance, gentle and graceful, and has a clear and flowing character. picture. The characters are sparse and neat, the real calligraphy is steady and the charm is lingering, the cursive script is flowing and the mood is harmonious, it is truly called "the direct descendant of the Han Dynasty". (Text/Zhang Weisheng)
Scanned from the Shanghai Calligraphy and Painting Publishing House's "Faces of Famous Masters of the Past Dynasties - A Treatise on Health Preservation in Song Zhao Gou's Calligraphy"