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||Famous Chinese Brush Artists
|| Qi Baishi, 1863-1957
Qi Baishi was a versatile artist. Although he could paint
human figures, animals, and landscapes, he was mainly known for his
flowers, birds, insects and fish, which were his major themes in later
life. Qi Baishi’s works have a fresh lyrical quality and sought
achieve a “likeness both in shape and spirit" of the things he
portrayed. He was able to suggest the essence of a subject with a
brief strokes. One can perceive in his art a high sense of
Everything he painted is bubbling with life, joy, optimism and often
humor, this reflected his own view of the world.
Tallow Trees and Mynas, 1950
particularly enjoyed painting rural scenes.
painted here is the
Chinese tallow tree, found everywhere in the villages of South China.
Qi Baishi brushwork is exceptionally fluent and his position of red and
black creates a strong feeling of autumnal richness and response.
two myna birds here express the nostalgia of the old artist for the
home of his youth.
Xu Beihong was a master of horse
painting. He rendered the horse pictures vividly and accurately,
capturing their spirited movements with a great economy of line.
|Xu Beihong, 1895-1963
Xu Beihong was a master of both oils and Chinese ink. Most of his
works, however, were in the Chinese traditional style. In his
efforts to create a new form of national art, he combined Chinese brush
and ink techniques with Western perspective and methods of composition.
He integrated firm and bold brush strokes with the precise delineation
of form. As an art teacher, he advocated the subordination of
technique to artistic conception and emphasizes the importance of the
artist's experiences in life. After his death in 1953, a Xu Beihong
Museum was established at his home in Beijing.
Li Xiongcai, 1910-
Li Xiongcai is equally skillful at painting figures, landscapes and
flower & birds. He has carried on the traditions of the
Lingnan school. During the long period of time, Lingnan made
innovations in technique and developed its own style. Most of his
best known works are executed on a large scale. He paints with
bold fluid sweeps of the brush, creating an imposing atmosphere and
suggesting great majesty and splendor.
Li Xiongcai uses
powerful brush strokes to depict mountain scenery. Lofty peaks
rise imposingly above layers of swirling mists and clouds. The
pines in the foreground enhance the atmosphere of the serenity of the
Poet Xie Lingyun, 1979
depicts the poet, Xie Lingyun, a famous poet of the
Southern dynasty period. This poet who was born of a
family traveled widely and left a wealth of poems that extol nature's
beauty. This painting captures the uninhibited and unconventional
character of the poet. Fan Zeng excels in the "pure line drawing"
style of figure painting. His lines flow delicately and express
the character of his subject.
|Fan Zeng, 1938-
Fan Zeng is a master of the "pure-line-drawing" technique. He
considers that the "sounds of nature" can only be caught by a
spontaneous reaction to what is observed, not a redrawing or a contour
outline. He also specializes in "splashed ink" and figure
painting. Fan Zeng followed the great painters of the Song
dynasty in using simple and vigorous strokes of the brush and dynamic
delineation of form. Fan Zeng is also a noted calligrapher.
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