Qi Baishi (1864-1957)
QI BAISHI (1864-1957) REEDS, INK ON PAPER, HANGING SCROLL, SIGNED SAN BAI SHI FUWEN, AND WITH TWO SEALS OF THE ARTIST
This painting by Qi Baishi belonged to Prof. Otto Fischer (1886-1946), director of the Kunstmuseum Basel from 1927-1938. Fischer, a renowned art historian who in 1912 wrote his thesis on Chinese paintings, discovered the works of Qi Baishi on a visit to Beijing in 1926 and was subsequently one of the first to exhibit the artist in Europe. For many years this particular painting hung in his office in the Kunstmuseum, Basel.