• Fine Chinese Modern Paintings auction at Christies

    Sale 2727

    Fine Chinese Modern Paintings

    29 November 2009, Hong Kong

  • Lot 554

    QI BAISHI (1864-1957)

    Price Realised  


    QI BAISHI (1864-1957)
    Hanging scroll, ink and colour on paper
    178 x 47 cm. (70 x 18 1/2 in.)
    Signed, with three seals of the artist

    While most Chinese painters limited their subject matter to traditional landscapes or bird and flower compositions, Qi Baishi dared to venture beyond these genres and painted everything he saw around him. His many and varied subjects included vegetables, fruit, animals, insects, and marine life among others. The lychee was a perennial favourite of the artist as this particular fruit was hard to come by, especially in the Northern provinces. Qi Baishi had tasted it on one of his journeys to the South and found it so delicious that it frequently figured in his work thereafter.

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