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Frogs and tadpoles  1953

Frogs and tadpoles 1953

Three Tadpoles Woodblock print, 31x21 cm, ca. 1955, Rong Bao Zhai Studio, Beijing INSCRIPTION: To the tadpoles: “You remind me of the days when I first learned calligraphy

Three Tadpoles Woodblock print, 31x21 cm, ca. 1955, Rong Bao Zhai Studio, Beijing INSCRIPTION: To the tadpoles: “You remind me of the days when I first learned calligraphy

Before becoming famous, Qi lived in Fayuan Temple, Beijing's oldest Buddhist temple, where he managed to survive by selling carvings and paintings. His business was very slow at the beginning, and Qi could barely make ends meet.

Before becoming famous, Qi lived in Fayuan Temple, Beijing's oldest Buddhist temple, where he managed to survive by selling carvings and paintings. His business was very slow at the beginning, and Qi could barely make ends meet.

Qi Baishi – Qi Baishi (1864-1957) Otherwise known as Huang, courtesy name: Binsheng, native of Xiangtan, Hunan Province. He trained as a carpenter in his youth but became a painter calligrapher, master seal carver and poet He was chairman of the Chinese Association of Painters. In 1963, he was listed as one of the "World Persons of Culture" by the International Peace Council.

Qi Baishi – Qi Baishi (1864-1957) Otherwise known as Huang, courtesy name: Binsheng, native of Xiangtan, Hunan Province. He trained as a carpenter in his youth but became a painter calligrapher, master seal carver and poet He was chairman of the Chinese Association of Painters. In 1963, he was listed as one of the "World Persons of Culture" by the International Peace Council.

Although Baishi wasn’t the first artist to focus on small things in nature, he was highly recognized for his thoughtful and lyrical approach in depicting these subjects.

Although Baishi wasn’t the first artist to focus on small things in nature, he was highly recognized for his thoughtful and lyrical approach in depicting these subjects.

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