The Carved Brush: Calligraphy, Painting, and Seal Carving by Qi Baishi (1863-1957)
The Carved Brush showcases works by acclaimed Chinese artist Qi Baish. Born into a poor farming family and coming of age during China’s century of civil strife, Baishi became the most widely recognized Chinese artist of his time. His distinctly modern art broke through class and cultural barriers through use of expressive “carved” brushwork. Qi Baishi’s art is the ideal gateway through which art lovers of any class or culture can learn about the millennia-old tradition of Chinese brush painting.
Much as a poet strives to communicate deep meaning with few words, Qi Baishi simplified his rendering of his subjects to a minimum number of brush touches. In this way, he integrated representational elements with abstraction in an attempt to capture the spiritual essence of his subjects.