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Qi Baishi

Qi Baishi, Bodhidharma Meditating Under the Bodhi Tree | 齊白石 菩提羅漢

Auction Closed

October 8, 01:37 PM GMT


3,500,000 - 5,000,000 HKD

Lot Details


Qi Baishi

1864 - 1957

Bodhidharma Meditating Under the Bodhi Tree

ink and colour on paper, framed

signed, with 1 seal of the artist and 2 collector's seals


Qi Huang.

136 x 45 cm 53½ x 17¾ in.


齊白石 (1864-1957)


設色紙本 鏡框







Collection of Hsiung Shih-i (1902-1991).

Sotheby’s Hong Kong, Modern Chinese Paintings, 28 May 1980, Lot 17.





Han Mo 14, Special Study on Qi Baishi, Han Mo Xuan Publishing Co. Ltd., March 1991, p.117




The painting was formerly in the collection of Hsiung Shih-i(Xiong Shiyi). Born in Nanchang, Jiangxi Province, Hsiung was a celebrated dramatist, educator, and translator. Regarded by Xu Zhimo as “the leading Chinese scholar of English drama”, he translated many important works of English literature. In 1932, Hsiung travelled to England and wrote a new play in English based on the Chinese story Wang Baochuan, which held the record of running for nine hundred nights in three consecutive years in London. Before settling in Hong Kong in the late 1950s, he had taught at various institutions including the University of Cambridge, University of London, University of Hawai’i in the United States, and Nanyang University in Singapore.

Hsiung maintained close contact with the painting and calligraphy circles at the time. His rich personal collection, largely comprised of gifts, attests to his relationship with the cultural figures. In the 1960s, in order to fund the establishment of Tsing Hua College, he sold his collection which included masterpieces by Zhang Daqian, Qi Baishi, Huang Binhong, Xu Beihong, and Fu Baoshi.