Amaranths and Dragonflies Hanging scroll now framed and glazed, ink and color on paper; dedicated to Deming xian sheng and Minyi fu ren and signed Qi Huang Bai Shi with one seal of the artist reading Qi Da. 43 3/4 x 12 3/4in (111.2 x 32.4cm) sight
Provenance: acquired directly from the artist in Beijing by Hellmut Wilhelm (1905-1990) and Maria Illch-Wilhelm, thereafter to the current owner by descent
Hellmut Wilhelm (衛德明, 1905-1990) was a noted German sinologist best known for his study and interpretation of the I Ching, following in the footsteps of his father Richard Wilhelm, who in the early 20th century translated the I Ching and other early Chinese classics for western audiences. Born in Qingdao, Shandong province, Hellmut Wilhelm returned to China in the early 1930's to work as a correspondent for western newspapers and professor of German Languages and Literature at National Peking University until shortly after the Second World War. In a letter dated 24 February 1933, Hellmut's wife Maria (敏宜 in the dedication) described their first to visit to the Beijing studio of Qi Baishi, who painted and posed for photographs for the Wilhelms.
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