'Born in Jiangsu province in southern China, Zhu Qizhan was always closely associated with Shanghai. He was professor at the Shanghai Academy of Fine Arts and also served as head of the city's Xinhua Art College. He lived to a remarkable age and his 100th birthday in 1990 was celebrated with major exhibitions of his work in China and Hong Kong. Zhu is best known for his vibrant and expressive paintings of flowers, plants and fruit. Particularly characteristic is the spontaneous - even playful - and exuberant brushwork employing broad washes of ink and colour, full wet strokes and attenuated dry brushstrokes. Such variety in the brushwork is the hallmark of Zhu's style. The inscription on this scroll states that it was painted in the autumn of 'guimao' year (1963) in the 'Meihua caotang' (plum blossom thatched studio) in Shanghai.'
‘The Asian Collections: Art Gallery of New South Wales’. pg.172.
© 2003 Trustees, Art Gallery of New South Wales
Place where the work was made
hanging scroll; ink and colour on paper
137.0 x 68.0 cm image: 229.5 x 91.0 cm scroll
Signature & date
Signed and dated c.r to l.r., in Chinese, inscribed in black ink, 'the Autumn of the year of Guimao (1963)…Zhu Qizhan…" Signed l.r., in Chinese, stamped in red ink “Zhu Qizhan[artist's seal]". Signed l.r. (lower), in Chinese, stamped in red ink "Zhu Qizhan [artist's seal]".
Purchased with funds provided by Goldie Sternberg 1985
Not on display
© Estate of ZHU Qizhan
Where the work was made
Shown in 3 exhibitions
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
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 2 publications
Edmund Capon, Orientations, 'Modern Chinese Paintings in the Art Gallery of New South Wales: The Shanghai School and its Impact', pg. 104-109, Hong Kong, Sep 2000, 109 (colour illus.). fig.8
Jackie Menzies (Editor), The Asian Collections Art Gallery of New South Wales, 'The Shanghai School and Modern Painting', Sydney, 2003, 172 (colour illus.).