Catfish Ink on paper, depicting a catfish swimming downwards, inscribed and sealed at left side. 32.6cm x 133.3cm (12¾in x 52½in)
齊白石 鯰魚 水墨紙本 立軸
Provenance: from the collection of Sir William Empson (1906-1984), the literary critic and poet who taught at Peking University and in Kunming in the 1930s. The painting was taken from China to England by Lady Hetta Empson in 1936, and thence passed by descent.
'When doing an impressionistic painting, if one can sketch with the ink loosely and not lose the formal likeness, then it is worthy of appreciation. Lan Wenren approached me on this, so I said I would inscribe a few characters for him to help his aesthetic mood. signed Bai Shi'