This painting depicts a solitary bird perched on a tropical banana plant.
In 1922, a friend persuaded Baishi to submit paintings to a Sino-Japanese art exhibition in Japan. It was a spectacular success: his paintings sold for far higher prices than he had been earning in China and several were chosen for an exhibition in Paris, which led to international fame. The Japanese remained some of Baishi’s most eager customers, although he increasingly refused their requests after Japanese incursions into China in the early 1930s.
However, this painting was a gift for the artist's Japanese friend. The artist inscription indicates that it was a farewell gift for his Japanese friend Katsuizumi Sotokichi when he left Beijing for a more southerly post.
It perhaps anticipates that Katsuizumi would be lonely in his new environment. Made in probably the 1920s, it quietly bears witness to an earlier and more congenial phase in Chinese-Japanese relations.
plate 34 from Woodland Portraits, signed recto, signed and titled mount verso
31.75 cm x 24.13 cm (12 1/2 in. x 9 1/2 in.)
Small white blossom in the bottom left portion of the print. The bloom itself is a long and vertical flower growing on the ground, which is covered in dried leaves. The foreground and the flower are in focus, while the background is dark and out of focus.
An abstracted image of a milkweed plant. Two blossoms in the center, facing opposite directions, create white halo-like shapes around their dark, oblong centers. The bottom of the image has a white streak, while the rest of the print is composed of dark, ink-like background speckled with yellow and reddish out of focus shapes.
signed lower right in pencil. embossed signature on lower left and circular embossed stamp in center "Archival Print Don Worth", artist negative number in pencil and print dates on back in pencil 1-96-18 1975/2005 / Plate 30
27.62 cm x 35.24 cm (10 7/8 in. x 13 7/8 in.)
An overhead view of the center of a flower with dark petals and white tips. The flower encompasses the entire image.
Among Akan-speaking peoples of Ghana and Côte d'Ivoire, merchants and traders used weights to weigh golddust, by placing an amount of golddust on one scale of a hand-held balance, and a weight such as this one on the other. All traders used to have their own set of weights, and for a transaction, each trader would weigh the golddust using his own weights. There were no fixed shapes or forms to represent a particular weight (or amount of gold dust), but each trader would have weights in a variety of shapes and sizes and would know the mass of all the weights in his own collection.