25 May 2009,
Price Realised HKD 2,420,000
QI BAISHI (1863-1957)
A Misty Rainy Day in Spring
Hanging scroll, ink and colour on paper
106.2 x 33.5 cm. (41 3/4 x 13 1/8 in.)
Inscribed with a poem and signed, with one seal of the artist
Dated renshu year, 1922
This painting was in the former collection of Beijing Curio Store.
Deeply passionate about his native area of Hunan, Qi Baishi often drew upon his hometown as a source of inspiration and made comments such as, I use the ink and brush from my home to paint the hills and rivers of my home. This makes Qis work highly individualistic and original. As seen in the present lot, Qi created a very personal and spontaneous image of rain in the springtime, which captures the heavy, moist air of the mountains through the use of a wet brush. Spatial depth is conveyed by juxtaposing the closeness of the hillside village with the majestic mountains in the distance, all enveloped in the misty atmosphere.
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Fine Arts Frontier, Peoples Fine Art Publishing House, Beijing, Issue 3 2008, p.16.