QI BAISHI (1863-1957)
Hanging scroll, ink and colour on paper
96.5 x 44.5 cm. (38 x 17 1/2 in.)
Inscribed and signed, with one seal of the artist
One collector's seal: Alice Boney
Alice Boney (1901-1988), the reowned New York Chinese antique collector and dealer of the 1950s, started her art career in 1924. That year, at the young age of 22, Alice Boney and her newly married husband opened the Jan Kleykamp Gallery, which was the first gallery in New York City to sell Chinese art. By 1982, Jan Kleykamp Gallery had developed into a salon for important Chinese art collectorc in the United States. Ms. Boney exerted a great influence on many famous Chinese art collectors and dealers, including Florence and Herbert Irving, Robert H. Ellsworth and Giuseppe Eskenazi. The fact that collecting Chinese art became fashionable in America in the short time span of 50 years was undoubtly the result of theefforts of Ms. Boney and her Jan Kleykamp Gallery to introduce and support Chinese art.
Ms.Boney began collecting Chinese paintings in the 1940s when she saw a painting by Qi Baishi and was deeply atracted to it. She finally purchased the painting and then switched her collecting interest to Chinese paintings and calligraphy. Beginning in the 1950s Ms. Boney organized many Chinese paintings and calligraphy exhibitions in different cities in the United States, many of which featured fine works by Qi Baishi.