Of all the painters in history, Zheng Banqiao (AD1693-1765) of the Qing Dynasty is believed to have been the best at painting bamboo. An inscription on one of his bamboo paintings reads: "Firmly cleave to the mountain, take root in a fractured bluff; grow stronger after tribulations, and withstand gales from all directions."
Zheng Xie (simplified Chinese: 郑燮; traditional Chinese: 鄭燮; pinyin: Zhèng Xiè) (1693–1765), commonly known as Zheng Banqiao (simplified Chinese: 郑板桥; traditional Chinese: 鄭板橋; pinyin: Zhèng Bǎnqiáo) was a Chinese painter from Jiangsu. He began life in poverty, but rose in the exam system to become a magistrate at Shandong. However, after 12 years, he became critical of the life of an official as he refused to ingratiate himself with senior officials. When he was reportedly criticized for building a shelter for the poor, he resigned. After that, he expressed himself in art and became one of the Eight Eccentrics of Yangzhou. He was noted for his drawing of orchids, bamboo, and stones. In 1748 he briefly resumed an official career as "official calligrapher and painter" for the Qianlong emperor.
He was also a calligrapher who created a new calligraphy style influenced by his orchid drawings. Added to this, he had an interest in literature and poetry. He preferred to write about ordinary people in a natural style.
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Personally, Zheng Bao Qiao's bamboo and orchids are my favorite. I have learned his bamboo and orchid strokes from very beginning. I always got some inspirations to paint browsing through his paintings.
This book contains two volumes which included a complete collection of Zheng Banqiao's major paintings.
Dimension 8-1/4"(21cm) x 11-1/8"(28.5cm)
Hard cover with hard jacket box.
Published by Chinese National Photography and Art Press, 2003