Red Lotus


Qi Baishi, Red Lotus, 1975.

Qi Baishi’s original name is Qi Huang. He was born in the year 1864 and passed away in the year 1957. Some of Qi’s major influences include the Ming Dynasty artist Xu Wei and the early Qing Dynasty painter Zhu Da. The subjects he usually paints are animals, scenery, figures, vegetables, etc. He began his interest in the arts of poetry, calligraphy, painting, and seal-carving in his own efforts. He began travelling in his forties. He met his mentor at the Shanghai School named Wu Chanshuo, who was a huge influence on him. Another big influence was Chen Shizeng. He mainly used heavy ink, bright colors and vigorous strokes. He was elected president of the Association of Chinese Artists and was the president until he passed away (“Qi Baishi,” n.d.). He mastered the ability of suggesting the essence of his subject with a few brief strokes (“Asian Antiquities,” 2012).

I chose this painting because it is a simple but beautiful flower. As I look at the painting, the red color draws my attention the most. He uses a contrast of black and grays along a long with red for the flower allowing all our attention to go to the flower.

Works Cited

“Asian Antiquities.” – Chinese Artists Chinese Painting,  Wu Changshuo,  Qi Baishi,  Huang Binhong,   Xu Beihong, Asian Art,. Asian Antiquities, 2012. Web. 24 July 2012.

“Chinese Art Paintings.” Chinese Flower Painting. Wei Yang Chinese Art, LLC, 2007. Web. 24 July 2012.

“Qi Baishi.” Paintings. N.p., n.d. Web. 24 July 2012.