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近代 齊白石 草蟲 冊頁十二幀
Insects and Plants

Artist:
Qi Baishi (Chinese, 1864–1957)
Date:
dated 1943
Culture:
China
Medium:
Album of twelve leaves; ink on paper
Dimensions:
10 1/8 x 13 1/2 in. (25.7 x 34.3 cm)
Classification:
Paintings
Credit Line:
Gift of Robert Hatfield Ellsworth, in memory of La Ferne Hatfield Ellsworth, 1986
Accession Number:
1986.267.237a–l
Not on view
Throughout his life, Qi Baishi drew inspiration from the objects of everyday existence, particularly the humble flowers, vegetables, and creatures that he observed as a boy. This series of album leaves matches specific insects and objects in a visual chronicle of the seasonal markers of rural life. Juxtaposing insects drawn in an extremely meticulous fine-line style with flowers and vegetables executed in a colorful, freely sketched manner, Qi created a technical tour de force that he proudly entitled: "What I am capable of!"
Signature: (a–l) Artist's album label: "What I am capable of! Meticulous style insects done by Baishi"; dated 1943

Artist's signatures; seals
a) Binsheng; Ahzhi (square, red characters)
b) Master of Jieshanyin Studio, Baishi; Qi Baishi (square, white characters)
c) Baishi; Carpenter (square, red characters)
d) My nickname is Ahzhi; Carpenter (square, red characters)
e) Master of the Eight Inkstone Pavilion; Carpenter (square, red characters)
f) Baishi laoren; Baishiweng (square, white characters)
g) Carpenter; Qida (square, white characters)
h) Descendant of Old Man of Xingtang; Laobi (square, white characters)
i) Laoping; Qi Baishi (square, white characters)
j) Xingziwu Old Man Baishi; Baishi (square, red characters)
k) Qida; Qida (square, red characters)
l) Baishi; Baishi laoren (square, white characters)

Artist's inscription:
c) Better help the flying moth.

Marking: Collectors' seals: Robert Hatfield Ellsworth Collection (each leaf)
Robert H. Ellsworth , New York (until 1986; donated to MMA)
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Nineteenth and Twentieth Century Painting: Selections from the Robert H. Ellsworth Collection," February 2, 1988–September 25, 1988.

Fort Worth. Kimbell Art Museum. "Style and Expressionism: Modern Chinese Painting," November 4, 1989–January 14, 1990.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "The New Chinese Galleries: An Inaugural Installation," 1997.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Between Two Cultures: A Selection of Nineteenth and Twentieth Century Chinese Paintings from the Robert H. Ellsworth Collection," January 30, 2001–August 19, 2001.

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