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Zhu Qizhan


1892 – 1996

  • Details

    Alternative title
    Place where the work was made
    Media categories
    Scroll , Painting
    Materials used
    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
    Accession number
    © Estate of ZHU Qizhan

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  • About

    '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

  • Places

    Where the work was made


  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 4 exhibitions

  • Bibliography

    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.).

Other works by Zhu Qizhan