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Qi Baishi [Ch’i Pai-shih; zi Huang; hao Baishi Laoren, Baishi Shanweng]locked

(b Xiangtan, Hunan Province, 1863; d Beijing, 1957).
  • Ralph Croizier

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Chinese painter. He was probably the most popular painter in 20th-century China, esteemed alike by the conservative scholarly élite, the common citizens of China’s urban centres, foreign collectors and revolutionaries both artistic and political for his traditional paintings of birds, flowers, small animals and insects. The range of his appeal from the 1920s onwards derived from his character, his lifestyle and his image as a traditional, high-minded scholar–artist who remained aloof from corrupt politics and preserved cultural values during the politically and socially unsettled period after the fall of the Qing dynasty (...

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