Qi Gong

Qi Gong was a Chinese calligrapher, ink painter and scholar, renowned for his contributions to the preservation and innovation of Chinese art and culture. Born in 1912 into a noble Manchu family in Beijing, Qi Gong was introduced to traditional Chinese art and literature at an early age. His ancestral lineage can be traced back to the Qing dynasty, which imbued him with a deep appreciation for classical Chinese culture.

Qi Gong’s early education was steeped in the traditional Chinese curriculum, including rigorous training in calligraphy and classical literature. He was particularly influenced by the works of the ancient masters, whose techniques and philosophies he meticulously studied and emulated. This foundation not only honed his technical skills but also shaped his artistic vision, blending the elegance of classical forms with his unique expressive style.

During his career, Qi Gong held several prominent positions in the academic and cultural spheres. He served as a professor at Beijing Normal University and Peking University, and was a member of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference. His scholarly work was widely respected, particularly his research on Chinese calligraphy and painting, which provided valuable insights into the historical development and cultural significance of these art forms.

Qi Gong’s calligraphy is characterised by its fluidity, grace and profound sense of rhythm. His brushwork, marked by a dynamic interplay of strength and delicacy, reflects his deep understanding of the intrinsic connection between form and meaning in Chinese art. He was adept in various script styles, including seal script, clerical script, regular script and cursive script, each of which he mastered and adapted to his creative vision.

In addition to his achievements in calligraphy, Qi Gong was also an accomplished ink painter. His paintings often depicted landscapes, bamboo and plum blossoms, subjects that resonate with traditional Chinese aesthetics. His approach to painting, much like his calligraphy, was marked by a harmonious blend of technical precision and expressive freedom.

Qi Gong’s legacy extends beyond his artistic creations. He played a crucial role in the preservation of China’s cultural heritage during a period of significant social and political upheaval. His efforts to protect ancient manuscripts and promote traditional Chinese art have left an indelible mark on the cultural landscape of China.

Qi Gong passed away in 2005, leaving behind a rich legacy that continues to inspire artists and scholars. Like many modern masters who came before him including Qi Baishi, Qi Gong’s contributions to calligraphy and ink painting remain a testament to his profound understanding and mastery of Chinese art, and his work continues to be celebrated for its enduring beauty and cultural significance.


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Eight Characters Calligraphic Couplet in Standard Script

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Cloudy Mountains

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Bamboo and Bamboo Shoots

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Calligraphy in Running Script - About The Analects

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Red Bamboo and Orchid

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Red Bamboo

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Crimson Orchids and Bamboo

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Vermilion Bamboo

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行书宋人句

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