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Birds, rocks and flowers



Cui Zifan


1915 – 2011

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  • Details

    Place where the work was made
    Media categories
    Scroll , Painting
    Materials used
    hanging scroll; ink and colour on paper
    96.0 x 44.7 cm image; 186.0 x 59.6 x 68.5 cm scroll
    Signature & date

    Signed u.l., in Chinese, inscribed in black ink "… in 1977, Cui Zifan".
    Signed l.r., in Chinese, stamped in red ink "Cui Zifan [artist's seal]".

    Purchased 1985
    Not on display
    Accession number
    Artist information
    Cui Zifan

    Works in the collection


  • About

    'Born in 1915 in Laiyang County, Shangdong Province, Cui began studying painting at the age of twelve, copying the styles of the great 17th century 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 was 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, which toured America.'

    'Contemporary Chinese Painting', AGNSW, 1985, pg.5.

  • Places

    Where the work was made


  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 4 exhibitions

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 2 publications

    • Jackie Menzies, Contemporary Chinese Painting, 'Cui Zifan', Sydney, 1985, 14 (illus.). Cat.no.2

    • Jacqueline Menzies, The 4 seasons, 'Flowers', not paginated., Sydney, 1989, (colour illus.) not paginated [chart].

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