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QI BAISHI (1863-1957)
PROPERTY FORMERLY FROM THE COLLECTION OF FENG WEN TANG (LOTS 1154-1157)
QI BAISHI (1863-1957)

Zhongkui

Details
QI BAISHI (1863-1957)
Zhongkui
Hanging scroll, ink and colour on paper
101.2 x 33.4 cm. (39 7⁄8 x 13 1⁄8 in.)
Inscribed and signed, with two seals of the artist
Provenance
Christie’s Hong Kong, The Feng Wen Tang Collection of Chinese Paintings, 2 June 2015, Lot 1238.
Literature
Hu Peiheng & Hu Tuo, Qi Baishi - Painting Techniques and Appreciation, People’s Fine Arts Publishing House, Beijing, 1959, pl.121.
Works by Qi Baishi, Volume 1, Paintings, People’s Fine Arts Publishing House, Beijing, September 1963, pl.92.
Hu Peiheng & Hu Tuo, Qi Baishi - Painting Techniques and Appreciation, Nan Tong Book Co., Hong Kong, March 1974, pl.121.
Jiang Xun, Qi Baishi: the last Chinese literati maestro, Lion Art Publishing, Taipei, August 1977, p.24.
Selected Paintings in Color by Qi Baishi, Art Book Co., Ltd.,Taipei, 1985, p.33, pl.42.
Hu Peiheng & Hu Tuo, Qi Baishi - Painting Techniques and Appreciation, People’s Fine Arts Publishing House, Beijing, February 1992, pl.111.
Paintings by Qi Baishi, Volume II, People’s Fine Arts Publishing House, Beijing, December 2003, p.403.
Catalogue of Qi Baishis Paintings, Volume II, Tianjin People’s Fine Arts Publishing House, July 2006, p.193.
Baishi Liu Yun - Collection of Paintings by Qi Baishi, Volume I, People’s Fine Arts Publishing House, Beijing, February 2008, pp.150-151, pl.73.
Hu Peiheng & Hu Tuo, Qi Baishi - Painting Techniques and Appreciation, Culture and Art Publishing House, Beijing, April 2011, p.149, pl.122.
Masterpieces by Masters - Qi Baishi, Figure, Henan Fine Arts Publishing House, July 2013, p.6.
Exhibition catalogue of Paintings and Calligraphy by Qi Baishi - The Feng Wen Tang Collection, Christie’s Hong Kong, 2013, pp.86-87, pl.30.
Exhibited
Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, Paintings and Calligraphy by Qi Baishi - The Feng Wen Tang Collection, Christie’s Hong Kong, 21-25 November 2013.
Beijing, The Imperial Club, Christie’s Art Space, Paintings and Calligraphy by Qi Baishi - The Feng Wen Tang Collection, 1-19 April 2014.
Post lot text
The owner of Feng Wen Tang was a visionary collector with a curious and excited mind. The collector received a progressive and open-minded education and was encouraged to discover art at an early age. She first encountered a reproduction of a Qi Baishi painting at a bookstore when she was in high school. Since then, she began a lifelong journey for her love of Chinese paintings, particularly for Qi Baishi. For over three decades, the collector assembled a spectacular collection of 20th-century Chinese ink paintings, with a strong focus on some of the best Qi Baishi paintings the market has ever seen. Many of these works were from the private collection of the artist Hu Peiheng (1892-1965), one of Qi’s closest friends; many were published by Hu in authoritative catalogues of the artist as early as in the late 1950s, soon after the artist passing.
The collector once said a master painter “(He) must possess some exceptional qualities. Apart from having brilliant technique, he must be able to observe everything and the richness of the life experiences.” Such is the passion and simple excitement she witnessed when seeing a masterpiece by Qi Baishi, known for his insightful, down-to-earth painting of his rustic and humble life. It is the wish of the collector that art-lovers will understand more deeply the significant role Qi Baishi played in Chinese art history.
Sale room notice
Please note the painting was not published in Chi Pai-shih (The Urban Council Hong Kong, Hong Kong, July 1973), and was not exhibited in the City Museum & Art Gallery, Hong Kong.
請注意:此作品並未出版於《齊白石》(香港市政局,1973年7月),亦未展覽於香港博物美術館。

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