Qi Baishi’s Works of Art from Beijing Fine Art Academy
Qi Baishi was the most prestigious, creative and influential master of art in China in the 20th century. He was good at composing poetry, calligraphy, painting and carving seals, making him a master of modern Chinese painting. Qi Baishi’s works of art have benefited from the essence of literati painting, and also integrated the unadorned folk art into it. He tried to express Chinese people’s feelings and thoughts in a way popular with the intellectuals and general public, and explored the profound traditional Chinese culture with lifetime efforts. Qi Baishi experienced three periods in his life, from the late Qing dynasty to the Republic of China until the founding of the P.R.C., tuning from a carpenter to a genius of art. Qi Baishi was awarded as National Artist by Ministry of Culture in 1953 and International Peace Prize (1955) by World Peace Council in 1956. On 14th May 1957, China Painting Academy of Beijing (now Beijing Fine Art Academy) was established, with Qi Baishi as honorary director. After his death, his family followed his will and donated his works, daily items and collections to the government, later incorporated into Beijing Fine Art Academy, which owns the largest collection of Qi Baishi’s works and plays an important role in research, display and promotion of his art.
As a center for collection and research of calligraphy and painting in and around Jiangsu and Zhejiang province, Suzhou Museum has made remarkable achievements in recent years and attracted much attention by hosting series academic exhibitions on Wu School in the Ming dynasty and Suzhou collectors in the Qing dynasty. Suzhou Museum and Beijing Fine Art Academy have laid a solid foundation for collaboration. They have signed a strategic agreement to strengthen cooperation and share resources. They have co-hosted Yu Fei’an’s painting exhibition and Chen Banding’s calligraphy and painting exhibition in 2017 and 2018 respectively, with a focus on artistic features and development of flower and bird paintings in the 20th century Beijing painting circle from the perspective of fine brushwork and freehand brushwork. Suzhou Museum and Beijing Fine Art Academy have joined forces once again this year to host Qi Baishi fine art exhibition. It will focus on Qi Baishi’s freehand flower and bird paintings, so that the audiences will have a more comprehensive understanding of flower and bird paintings in modern Beijing when they appreciate his works of art.
Qi Baishi loved and yearned for peace for all his life. Utter innocence could be detected from his works. He used to write a couplet in his later years to express wishes for a good and prosperous year. The year of 2020 full of ups and downs due to COVID-19 is coming to an end. In celebration of the upcoming Spring Festival, Suzhou Museum and Beijing Fine Art Academy would use the couplet as the exhibition theme, to send best wishes and blessings to all audiences.
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