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Lot 405: CHINESE PAINTING ATTR. QI BAISHI (1864-1957)

Important Autumn Antique Auction - DAY TWO

by Gordon S. Converse & Co.

05 November 2016

Online, PA, USA

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  • CHINESE PAINTING ATTR. QI BAISHI (1864-1957)
  • CHINESE PAINTING ATTR. QI BAISHI (1864-1957)
  • CHINESE PAINTING ATTR. QI BAISHI (1864-1957)
  • CHINESE PAINTING ATTR. QI BAISHI (1864-1957)
  • CHINESE PAINTING ATTR. QI BAISHI (1864-1957)
  • CHINESE PAINTING ATTR. QI BAISHI (1864-1957)
   
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Description:
Chinese Painting Attr. Qi Baishi (1864-1957):
The dragonfly hovers over dark leaves while a cricket perches on two radishes. The dragonfly and cricket are finely detailed. Calligraphy and artist's seal on upper right. Displayed in a wooden frame under glass. One brass bracket at the top for framing.

Qi Baishi (January 1, 1864 – September 16, 1957) was an influential Chinese painter, noted for the whimsical, often playful style of his watercolor works.

Born to a peasant family from Xiangtan, Hunan, Qi became a carpenter at 14, and learned to paint by himself. After he turned 40, he traveled, visiting various scenic spots in China. After 1917 he settled in Beijing.

Some of Qi's major influences include the early Qing dynasty painter Bada Shanren (Zhu Da) and the Ming dynasty artist Xu Wei.

His pseudonyms include Qí Huáng and Qí Wèiqīng. The subjects of his paintings include almost everything, commonly animals, scenery, figures, toys, vegetables, and so on. He theorized that "paintings must be something between likeness and unlikeness, much like today's vulgarians, but not like to cheat popular people". In his later years, many of his works depict mice, shrimp or birds.

He was also good at seal carving and called himself "the rich man of three hundred stone seals".

In 1953 he was elected president of the China Artists Association. He died in Beijing in 1957.

22" X 16 1/4"
Shipping:
We are able to pack and ship this item to an address in the eastern states for $50.00 or to the western states for $80.00 via USPS Priority Mail or via FedEx Ground/Home Delivery. Tracking information will be sent to your email address. This price does not include insurance. If you require insurance you will need to ship through a third party. Shipping to Alaska or Hawaii will be more expensive. Please inquire about international shipping costs.

Condition Report:

The absence of a condition statement does not imply that the lot is in perfect condition or completely free from wear and tear, imperfections or the effects of aging. Condition requests can be obtained via email or by telephone. Any condition statement given, as a courtesy to a client, is only an opinion and should not be treated as a statement of fact. Converse Auctions shall have no responsibility for any error or omission.
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