Painting of fish and crabs by Qi Baishi. PHOTO BY JOAN LEBOLD COHEN.
Qi Baishi ??? is possibly the best known Chinese painter of the modern era. His paintings, often sparse depictions of birds, plants and insects, reflect a strong connection with Chinese tradition, as well as Qi’s uniquely expressive and unrestrained brush style. In describing his philosophy of art he once wrote: “The sublime is found between likeness and unlikeness.”