Likeness and Unlikeness: Exhibition commemorates legendary painter Qi Baishi
Posted by freemexy on December 10th, 2019
Likeness and Unlikeness: Exhibition commemorates legendary painter Qi Baishi Qi Baishi is widely considered one of the greatest Chinese ink painters of the last century. Even after more than half a century since his death, his name still rings loud and clear. An exhibition is held at the National Art Museum to commemorate his life and work. Li Qiong reports.To get more qi baishi, you can visit shine news official website.
Although not the first painter to illustrate small things in nature, Qi Baishi created his style while doing so. The artist created plenty of these common images, animals, vegetables, scenery and people with his ink brushes.
With simple colors, sometimes only black ink, Qi was able to give each of the creatures a different look or characteristics. GENG PING VISITOR "There's a child living in his mind. I like the painting behind me. The crabs look so playful that they overturned the basket. They seem to be very happily playing together. I could feel the pleasant mood when he's painting. The big fish, the chirping bird. These adorable illustrations are expressing happiness." The exhibition uses Qi's works to provide insight into the freehand spirit of Chinese art.
It focuses on his freehand ink painting theory, highlighting that the best thing to do is not depicting things exactly as what they are. LI QIONG BEIJING "Qi Baishi believes that painting must be something between likeness and unlikeness. If it's much like the reality, the painting is vulgar, but if it's not like the real stuff, it would be kind of cheating.
And we could see this spirit in almost every piece here." Qi is especially acclaimed of painting shrimps. He lived by ponds when he was a child, and was very familiar with the creatures. At an early age, Qi started to draw them, and kept doing that for decades.
During his later years, the shrimps were illustrated as if they really floated above the water, with just a little amount of ink, . WU WEISHAN, DIRECTOR NATIONAL ART MUSEUM "The most important part of Chinese art is the spiritual expression. It's based on reality, but means more than that. Qi Baishi had found a balance between ideals and the reality. Something between likeness and unlikeness, that's a poetic expression, and it applies to both reality and artistic creation."