Wang Xianzhi - Son of Wang Xizhi

Wang Xianzhi's calligraphy works

Wang Xianzhi (344-386 years), Zijing, Han nationality, ancestral home Linyi (now Lanshan District, Linyi City, Shandong Province), born in Shanyin, Kuaiji (Shaoxing, Zhejiang Province). He is a famous calligrapher, poet and painter in the Eastern Jin Dynasty, the seventh son of Wang Xizhi, the sage of calligraphy, and the son-in-law of Sima Yu, Emperor Wen of the Jin Dynasty. Wang Xianzhi was very famous and talented when he was young. In the 11th year of the Taiyuan Dynasty (386), Wang Xianzhi died of illness at the age of 43.

Wang Xianzhi practiced calligraphy with his father when he was young. Wang Xianzhi's running script and cursive script works are very famous, and Wang Xianzhi's regular script and official script works are also very accomplished. Wang Xianzhi and his father Wang Xizhi are called "two wang". And it's called "little saint". Wang Xianzhi, Zhang Zhi, Zhong Yao and Wang Xizhi are called "four sages in the book".

Under the guidance of his father, Wang Xianzhi laid a solid foundation for his calligraphy. Wang Xianzhi's calligraphy works are mainly cursive. He also created "one stroke of calligraphy". He wrote many words continuously at a time, even only one stroke to complete the whole calligraphy work. This unique calligraphy work made him win a high evaluation and reputation. In the following time, Wang Xianzhi's reputation even surpassed that of his father Wang Xizhi.

In history, few of Wang Xianzhi's calligraphy works have been left. The existing ones include the thirteen lines of Luoshen Fu,Ya tou wan tie and the mid autumn calligraphy, which are regarded as treasures by later generations.