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Qi Baishi’s Twelve Screens of Landscapes

Qi Baishi (1864-1957). Twelve Screens of Landscapes.
Hanging scroll. Ink on paper.
Auction house: Beijing Poly Auction
Sale: Surpassing the Ancient and Amazing the Contemporaries – Important and Classical Chinese Paintings and Calligraphies
Auction: 2017/12/17
Lot no.: 2806
Size: 180 x 47cm x 12
Estimate: RMB 500,000,000
Hammer price: RMB 810,000,000
Price realized: RMB 931,500,000

The painting was knocked down at RMB 810m and sold for RMB 930m with buyer’s premium to a Chinese collector, becoming the most expensive Chinese works of art.

The present lot that went up on sale at Poly Auction was created in 1925, when Qi was at age 62, as a birthday gift to a renowned doctor Chen Zilin in Beijing.

This set ofTwelve Screens of Landscapeswas first on display in April 1954 at his sole exhibition held by China Artists Association. It was later shown in a memorial exhibition featuring his works in 1958, a yearafter the artist passed away.

Each screen measures 180 x 47cm, depicting the beauty of twelve spectacular landscapes. Scholars believe this set of paintings was created by Qi after he had travelled around China and hencetheseries fullyexemplifies the artist’s mastery of landscape paintings.


Qi Baishi,Twelve Screens of Landscapes.


Qi Baishi,Twelve Screens of Landscapes.江上人家(jiāng shàng rén jiā).

Qi Baishi,Twelve Screens of Landscapes.石岩双影(shí yán shuāng yǐng).

Qi Baishi,Twelve Screens of Landscapes.板桥孤帆(bǎn qiáo gū fān).

Qi Baishi,Twelve Screens of Landscapes.柏树森森(bǎi shù sēn sēn).

Qi Baishi,Twelve Screens of Landscapes.远岸余霞(yuǎn àn yú xiá).

Qi Baishi,Twelve Screens of Landscapes.松树白屋(sōng shù bái wū).

Qi Baishi,Twelve Screens of Landscapes.杏花草堂(xìng huā cǎo táng).

Qi Baishi,Twelve Screens of Landscapes.杉树楼台(shān shù lóu tái).

Qi Baishi,Twelve Screens of Landscapes.烟深帆影(yān shēn fān yǐng).

Qi Baishi,Twelve Screens of Landscapes.山中春雨(shān zhōng chūn yǔ).

Qi Baishi,Twelve Screens of Landscapes.红树白泉(hóng shù bái quán).

Qi Baishi,Twelve Screens of Landscapes.板塘荷香(bǎn táng hé xiāng).