Qi Baishi, Lotus and Dragonfly, n.d.
From the Indianapolis Museum of Art:
Although the lotus is well known as a sacred Buddhist symbol, it also has connotations of longevity, health, elegance, and nobility. Another association is the seventh month, or summer, as suggested here through the addition of the dragonfly.
Qi Baishi was best known for his spontaneous and energetic painting style. Due to illness, he could not work in the fields with the rest of his family in rural Hunan, and he was apprenticed to a carpenter. Though he lacked formal education, he gained a deep knowledge of painting, calligraphy, poetry, and seal-carving—all pursuits that identified him as a traditional Chinese literatus, or scholar-gentleman.
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