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Ducks and bamboo

20th century


Cui Zifan


1915 - 2011


'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



20th century

Media category


Materials used

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

Accession number


Artist information

Cui Zifan

Works in the collection



Where the work was made

Shown in 5 exhibitions

Exhibition history

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.).