The Beauty and Allure of Chinese Painting – Qi Baishi and Wu Changshuo’s “Twelve Landscape Screens”

October 12, 2017

National Treasure: and Other Prominent Works Coming to Vancouver

The beauty and allure of Chinese art transcends cultural boundaries and is appreciated across the globe. From Zhao Mengfu (1252-1322) and Zeng Yu (1073-1135) to Wu Changshuo (1844-1927) and Qi Baishi (1864-1954), these Chinese painters have left deep impressions in art history as masters of Chinese art. Their rare and influential works are a bridge to better understand the relationship between Chinese Artists and their interpretation of beauty in Chinese culture.

From the Chinese Song Dynasty to modern painting masters – Zhao Mengfu’s “Heart Sutra”, Zeng Yu’s “Ren-Shi Post”, Wu Changshuo’s “Twelve Greenery Screens”, and Qi Baishi’s famous and rare “Twelve Landscape Screens” and other masterpieces will be on display from October 5th to October 12th at Poly Culture Art Center in downtown Vancouver.

Vancouver Exhibition Details:

Date: October 4th – October 12th

        Special Events: The gallery will not be open to public on the following dates:
  • October 4th, 10AM – 2PM
  • October 5th, 10AM – 12PM
  • October 7th, 3PM – 5PM
  • October 11th, 2PM – 4PM

Venue: Poly Culture Art Center, #100 – 905 West Pender Street, Vancouver, BC V6C 1L6

Organizers: Poly Auctions Beijing and  Poly Culture North America

Co-organizer: Poly Culture Art Center

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Main Exhibits:

Qi Baishi, “Twelve Landscape Screens”

Vertical Scroll

180cm × 47cm × 12cm


Qi Baishi’s “Twelve Landscape Screens” is vertically 180cm, horizontally 47cm, uniform in shape, and produced in 1925 when Qi Baishi was 62 years old. It can be regarded as the most expressive style from Qi Baishi’s stylistic transformations but is also the largest in dimension of the twelve landscape screens format. There are currently two sets of twelve landscape screens, the other was produced in 1932 for Sichuan military commander: Wang Zuanxu and is currently part of a collection at the Chongqing Museum. The priceless set on display this time is the only set available for private collections.



Wu Changshuo, “Twelve Greenery Screens”

Screens Format, Ink on Paper

133.5cm × 52.8cm× 12cm


Wu Changshuo’s “Twelve Greenery Screens” was produced between 1915-1916. At the age of 72 years old, it is the peak of Wu Changshuo’s artistic career and the pinnacle of his artistic creation.



Zhao Mengfu, “Heart Sutra”

Album, Ink on Paper

Varying sizes

Zhao Mengfu’s “Heart Sutra” is a traditional Chinese calligraphy work. The brushwork and typography have characteristics of Wang Xizhi and Wang Xianzhi but differ in many various aspects. In appreciating this work, one must consider the weight of the strokes along with the formatting of typographical elements culminating in the rhythm of change. Appearing as if each character is independent, there is a delicate relationship between each character leaving the viewer impressions of joy with a solemn and quiet undertone.



Zeng Yu, “Ren-Shi Post”

Album, Ink on Paper

32cm × 40cm

Zeng Yu’s “Ren-Shi Post” dates to the Song Dynasty and was collected by many well-known collectors. Zeng is a scholar and calligrapher with only a few pieces of his works still preserved. “Ren-Shi Post” is characterized by changes in structure and intensity. Often surprising but remaining in line with traditional calligraphy techniques, Zeng’s work offers a culmination of calligraphy characteristics. His work also embodies the Song Dynasty techniques with a more innocent artistic vision.


Poly Auction Beijing Acquisition Notice

During “The Beauty and Allure of Chinese Painting – Qi Baishi and Wu Changshuo’s ‘Twelve Landscape Screens’” exhibition, Poly Auction experts on traditional painting and calligraphy will be acquiring and soliciting artwork for the upcoming autumn auction. Categories of focus involves traditional Chinese painting and calligraphy as well as modern paintings and calligraphy works. Please call or email for more information.


Date: October 5th – October 8th, 2017

Categories: Traditional and modern Chinese paintings and calligraphy

Venue: Poly Culture Art Center, #100 – 905 West Pender Street, Vancouver, BC V6C 1L6


Telephone: (604) 284-3333, (650) 455-6612