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 Chi Pai-Shih

photo  of painter,  Chi Pai -Shih Chi Pai-Shih (1864-1957)

  Chi Pai-Shih, also known as Chi Huang or Chi Weiqing, was born in 1863 in   Xiangtan County, Hunan Province. He was a woodcarver in his early   youth, and taught himself painting, poetry, calligraphy and seal carving in   his spare time. Beginning from 1902 in severn years, he left home five   times to wander around many famous mountains, lakes and rivers   throughout the country and painted numerous landscapes

He lived by his painting and calligraphy since 1918 in Peking. Most of the subjects he painted were flowers, birds, insects and fish. In 1928 he began to sign his name on the paintings as Pai-Shih means literally "White Stone," which implies "Snow Mountains"). He said, at one time, "I learned finger-painting in my youth; landscape painting after 30; and specialized in flowers, insects and birds after 40." After that , he resolved to paint "all the insects and birds in the whole world." During his lifetime he had painted countless number of flowers and birds. He changed his painting styles several times before settling down finally to create his own unique style.

painting of granade  fruit painting of lotus stem and cherries painting of ducky painintg of lychees painting of peoney

In 1952 he was appointed Honorary Professor of the Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing. In 1953 the Ministry of Culture of the People's Republic of China conferred on him the honorable title of "People's Artist." He was elected President of the Chinese Artists' Association at the Second National Congress of Writers and Artists. In 1954 he was a deputy of the First National People's Congress. In 1955 he was awarded the World Peace Prize by the World Peace Council.

painting of orchids painting of purple vine apinting of vine flower

  Born in a poor peasant family in Hunan,   China, Mr. Chi was a son of a poor   farmer who worked hard on the land.   Chi, however, was a delicate child, and   was unable to endure the heavy labor   in the fields, his family apprenticed
  him to a carpenter when he was eight   years old. After a ten-year term he
  tried fine carving and cabinet making.
  He became also a master carver and a
  renowned great seal cutter in his life.

painting of fruits loguats
Chi Pai-Shi died in Beijing on September 16, 1957 and is never forgotten through the years.
painting of crabs painting of vine plant

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