'Born in 1915 in Laiyang County, Shangdong Province, Cui began studying painting at the age of twelve, copying the styles of the great 17th individualist painter Zhu Da and the later masters Wu Changshuo and Qi Baishi. The influence of these artists is evident in Cui’s dramatic and expressive brushwork. More recently his style has been characterised by an increasing individuality in the economic use of powerful brushworks and rich colours. For many years Cui was Vice-Director of the Beijing Studio of Chinese Painting and he is currently advisor to the Beijing Society for the Study of Bird and Flower Painting. Cui’s biography includes being placed first for outstanding artwork in Beijing in 1981, and holding various one-man shows in China. In 1981 he participated in an exhibition from the Beijing Painting Academy held in Canada and an exhibition of Contemporary Chinese Painting organised by the Chinese Cultural Foundation of San Francisco in 1984.'
'Contemporary Chinese Painting', AGNSW, 1985, pg.5.
Place where the work was made
hanging scroll; ink and colour on paper
60.0 x 60.0 cm image; 191.5 x 83.5 cm scroll
Signature & date
Signed l.l., in Chinese, inscribed in black ink "… Zifan in 1977". Signed l.l., in Chinese, stamped in red ink "Cui Zifan [artist's seal]".
Gift of Goldie Sternberg 1984
Not on display
© Estate of CUI Zifan
Where the work was made
Shown in 5 exhibitions
Contemporary Chinese Painting, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 04 May 1985–30 Jun 1985
Chinese Painting, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 27 Nov 1991–27 Jan 1992
Great gifts, great patrons, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 17 Aug 1994–19 Oct 1994
Brushstrokes from Asia (1997), The Brett Whiteley Studio, Surry Hills, 25 Jan 1997–20 Apr 1997
The connoisseur and the philanthropist: 30 years of the Sternberg Collection of Chinese Art, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 31 Jan 2014–27 Apr 2014
Referenced in 4 publications
Yin Cao, The Connoisseur and the Philanthropist: 30 years of the Sternberg Collection, 'Chinese Art', pg. 12-23, Sydney, 31 Jan 2014, 22 (colour illus.).
Edmund Capon, TAASA Review, 'Spirit Resonance. In Memoriam Goldie Sternberg', pg. 18-19, Sydney, Jun 2003, 18 (colour illus.), 19.
Edmund Capon, The Connoisseur and the Philanthropist: 30 years of the Sternberg Collection, 'The connoisseur and the philanthropist: the creation of a collection', pg. 5-10, Sydney, 31 Jan 2014, 6.
Jackie Menzies, Contemporary Chinese Painting, 'Cui Zifan', Sydney, 1985, 14 (illus.). Cat.no.1