Huaisu's Autobiography

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Huaisu's Autobiography (Chinese: 懷素自叙帖) is a representative Chinese calligraphy work written by the renowned Tang dynasty Chinese calligrapher Huaisu in 777 AD. It is often considered today to be one of the best written cursive script (草書) works in Chinese calligraphy.[1] The work measures 28.3 cm by 755 cm and is currently kept in the National Palace Museum, Taipei. However, recent studies on this particular piece kept in the National Palace Museum revealed that it was likely a Northern Song Dynasty modelling replica (映寫) of the original;[2][3] note also that there are also other replica versions of Huaisu's Autobiography.

Despite the controversy surrounding its authenticity, the work is still renowned for its dynamics and great variations in sizes among different characters while still maintaining overall aesthetics.

A full translation and a more elaborate background of the work can be found here.

"Huaisu's Autobiography",National Palace Museum, Taipei.


  1. ^ "Huai Su Autobiography | Chinese Calligraphy | China Online Museum". Retrieved 2017-01-20.
  2. ^ "Huai Su's Autobiography: Modelling (Shu Version), History, English Translation and A Preliminary Study". Vincent's Calligraphy. Retrieved 2017-01-20.
  3. ^ 數位典藏授權平台. "--數位典藏授權平台, 數位典藏圖像授權平台, 數位典藏網路商城". Retrieved 2017-01-20.

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