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Great Chinese Painting Master Qi Baishi (Collection Edition)
--Xiling Celebrated Masters Series
Published by Zhejiang Culture and Art Audio-visual Publishing House, 2004
Medium: 1 VCD disc
Narration: Mandarin Chinese
ISRC: CNE140400630

Qi Baishi (1863-1957)

Born to a peasant from Xiangtan County, Hunan Province, China, Qi became a carpenter at 12, and learned to paint by himself. After he turned 40, he travelled, visiting famous scenic spots in China, he travelled to Beijing second time in 1917. In 1919 he moved to Beijing and settled down. In his later years, he continued to make "later-year innovations."

His mature painting style only emerged in the 1920s. He inherited both traditional Chinese freehand brushwork and folk art techniques and gradually fused and assimilated them. Thanks to penetrating observation and consistent exploring, he blended and refined his techniques of painting and achieved a unique artistic style. The childlike quality of his painting is generally attributed to his rural background and his training as a folk artist. This trait is shared, however, with his mentor, Chen Hengke, and with several artists of the period with close ties to Japan, including Wang Zhen and Feng Zikai. The influence of Wu Changshi's xieyi manner also played a role in the development of Qi Baishi's personal style. Nevertheless, Qi Baishi's work retained a feeling of innocence throughout his long career. His paintings are mostly idea-oriented and his subjects include people, flowers and birds, landscapes, fish and insects. His painting strokes are free, bold, innovative and confident. As an artistic proposition, he advocated that "paintings should stand between 'likeness' and 'unlikeness'". He once said, "The marvel of a good painting lies between likeness and unlikeness.... If it is an exact likeness, it is catering to vulgar tastes, but no likeness is simply cheating." His creative ideas opened up a new road for Chinese painting.

Qi Baishi’s works have a fresh lyrical quality and sought to 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 few brief strokes. One can perceive in his art a high sense of reality. Everything he painted is bubbling with life, joy, optimism and often humor, this reflected his own view of the world. He devoted his life to painting and left an important body of works to posterity. His painting enjoys an international reputation.

Qi was one of the greatest Chinese artists. He was the Emerited Professor of the Central Art Institute, Chairman of the Institute of Chinese Painting, Beijing, and the Chairman of the Chinese Artists Association. In his late years, he taught in the Beijing Art College.

Qi Baishi was given an "International Peace Award" in 1955. After his death, he was elected as one of the world’s ten "greatest cultural dignitaries".

国画大师齐白石 (珍藏版)

齐白石(1863-1957),现代杰出画家,书法家,篆刻家。原名齐璜,纯芝,字渭青、号白石、濒生、阿芝、借山吟馆主者、寄萍老人等。湖南湘潭人。十二岁学粗木工,后做雕花木匠,兼习画。亦习诗文,书法、篆刻,初为画工,为乡里人画衣冠像。1902年起7年间“五出五归”出游于陕西、北京、江西、广东、广西。1917年二次入京。1919年定居北京,以卖画、刻印为职业。常与挚友陈师曾切磋画艺,并在其鼓励下“衰年变法”自出新意,开始了画风的剧变。1926至1936年应聘任教于国立北平艺术专门学校。1937年自加两岁。1946年赴南京、上海举办个展,并应聘任北平艺专名誉教授。1949年当选中国文联委员、中华全国美术工作者协会委员。1952年被聘为中央美术学院名誉教授、中国美术家协会主席、中央文史馆研究馆员、北京中国画研究会主席、北京中国画院名誉院长。1953年中央文化部授予“人民艺术家” 称号。



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