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18.000 x 24.000 x 1.000 inches
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Byron Fli Walker
Painting - Oil On Canvas, Digital Art
A portrait of the self-taught, influential Chinese painter Qi Baishi 齊白石.
Born to a peasant family from Xiangtan, Hunan, Qi became a carpenter at 14, and learned to paint by himself. He is perhaps the most noted for the whimsical, often playful style of his watercolor works.
The subjects of his paintings include almost everything, commonly animals, scenery, figures, toys, vegetables, and so on. He theorized that "paintings must be something between likeness and unlikeness, much like today's vulgarians, but not like to cheat popular people". In his later years, many of his works depict mice, shrimp or birds.
He was also good at seal carving and called himself "the rich man of three hundred stone seals" (三百石印富翁).
In 1953 he was elected to the president of the Association of Chinese Artists. He died in Beijing in 1957. One of his paintings, Eagle Standing on Pine Tree, was sold for 425.5 million yuan ($65.5 million) in 2011, becoming one of the most expensive paintings ever sold at auction.
The watermark does not appear on ordered prints.
The original and re-creations are painted with high quality oil on canvas and are sold through PayPal as a secure checkout system with free shipping available.
January 30th, 2013
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