This paper shall present an analysis of the life of Wang Xizhi also known as the Safe of Caoshu. It will highlight his influence and achievements. It will also comment on how and why his works became the foundation of the Copy Book School in Chinese Calligraphy history. The thesis statement shall be: Wang Xizhi’s calligraphy and works served to unite Chinese dynasties into one empire long after his death and finally into one nation.
The development of Chinese calligraphy is mostly attributed to Wang Xizhi. His works are seen as the foundation of what the present world recognize as Chinese calligraphy. It is important to note that although calligraphy developed independently at different places, the areas that first developed the system of writing somehow also influenced their immediate neighborhoods, as was the case with Chinese calligraphy (Kexi and Lee, 2010). Wang Xizhi was born in the 3rd century AD in what is today known as Linyi, a region in the province of Shandong. He lived between 303 and 361 AD. Although he is mostly recognized for his contributions in Chinese calligraphy, Wang Xizhi was an artist who transcended beyond just calligraphy to other forms of Chinese art. He was a complete package as far as art is concerned.
Wang Xizhi was a political administrator during the Jin Dynasty. Not much about his life in the army has been documented since most of his works of art have overshadowed his administrative responsibilities. His works and responsibility can be traced across six dynasties, amongst them Jin, Tang, Song, Northern Wei and Southern Qi and Eastern Jin dynasties. It is not clear how he survived as a general given that Chinese dynasties were at war with one another most of the time. Having lived across the six political eras safely as a high-ranking officer seems a mystery not expounded on by many writers (Zhaojun, 2014).
Anyway, one may assume shrewdness on the person of Wang Xizhi since he seems to have commendable diplomacy skills. When the Orchid Pavilion was being written, it .had taken his organization skills public relations competence to convince the 41 guests to buy a poetry idea conceived and implemented by Wang Xizhi. .