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[Shenzhen] Qi Baishi鈥檚 selected works on display (till Nov 15)
Latest Updated at 2009-September-10 15:43:09
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A painting by Qi Baishi. File photo

A聽total of 112 paintings and calligraphic works by the late Chinese master artist Qi Baishi are on display at the new exhibition hall of the Shenzhen Museum in the Citizens' Center until Nov. 15.

The pieces on display have been selected from more than 400 of Qi鈥檚 works collected by Liaoning Provincial Museum in Shenyang, Liaoning Province. "This is the first time we have displayed such a large number of Qi's works outside our museum, and this exhibition is one of the largest shows of Qi's works in China in recent years," said Ma Baojie, president of Liaoning Provincial Museum.

Visitors will be able to see representative works from different stages of Qi's art development, such as human figures and landscape paintings from his earlier years, flower and bird paintings from his stay in Beijing in 1911, and the most famous shrimp and dove paintings from his later years.

Born to a peasant's family in Hunan Province in 1864, Qi became a carpenter at 12. Later he turned to painting, poetry, calligraphy and seal carving. In 1919, he settled down in Beijing after traveling widely around the country.

Starting to paint at a rather late age, Qi was compelled to experiment with new forms of art. He obsessively copied different features and motifs from the famous Qing Dynasty painting manual "The Mustard Seed Garden," and experimented with different forms and styles of painting both from China and the West.

Under the strong influence of Xu Wei, Zhu Ta and Wu Changshuo, Qi slowly started to develop a unique and more modern style of his own. Qi has achieved a "likeness both in shape and spirit" of the things he portrayed, which gives his works a fresh, lyrical quality. Qi was given an "International Peace Award" in 1955.

Time: 9 a.m.-6 p.m., now through Nov. 15

Venue: Shenzhen Museum, Citizens' Center, Futian Distrcit

Editor: Miranda

By: 銆銆Newman Huo Source: Szdaily web edition

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