Huai-su (b. A.D. 725 785?), T'ang dynasty (A.D. 618-907) Ink on paper. "Grass"
cursive script. Handscroll. 28.3 x 75.5 cm
Huai-su was born in Chang-sha in Hunan province; his surname was Ch'ien. His style name was Ts'ang-chen; later he left his family to become a monk, taking the religious name Huai-su. He is most noted for a very rapid cursive style in which all strokes are connected. It is said his brush strokes are like a startled snake slithering through the grass, that they contain the strength and fury of the whirl-wind and driving rains.
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