A set of ink-brush paintings by Chinese artist Qi Baishi has sold for 931.5 million yuan or $144 million, breaking all records for Chinese paintings, a Beijing auction(拍卖) house said on December 18th, 2017.
The group of 12 panels painted in 1925 were sold at auction on Sunday night, Beijing Poly International Auction said in a statement. The self-taught painter (1864-1957) became the first Chinese artist to surpass(超过) the $100 million mark for one piece, the auction house said.
The work, entitled Twelve Landscape Screens, depicts mountains, villages and trees in bloom, with soft blue, grey, brown and pink tones. The 12 panels measure 180 cm by 47 cm. The buyer’s identity(身份) has not been revealed. Qi Baishi was one of the world’s most valued Chinese artists last year, according to a ranking published earlier this year by Artprice. The value of his work by auction turnover came in third behind his compatriot(同胞) Zhang Daqian (1899-1983) and Spaniard Pablo Picasso (1881-1973) in 2016. In 2011 one of his works, an eagle on a pine branch, sold for $55 million in Beijing.