Qi Baishi (Chinese, 1864–1957) is considered the most popular painter in 20th century China. Born in Hunan Province, he painted in a traditional Chinese style, despite having no formal training in painting or calligraphy. Qi is best known for his works featuring flowers, trees, and small animals, such as birds, mice and shrimp. During the 1900s, Qi made his first trips to Shanghai, where he was significantly influenced by the Shanghai School and the artist Wu Changshou (Chinese, 1843–1927). He moved to Beijing c.1918, and developed a friendship with the painter Chen Shizeng (Chinese, 1876–1923), whose work further inspired Qi's own artistic style. While painting established Chinese themes free from Western influence, Qi distinguished himself by creating a prolific body of work featuring unique compositions and bold color schemes. His paintings are admired not only by Chinese citizens, but also by art scholars and international collectors. One of Qi's works sold at the China Guardian 2011 Spring Auctions in Beijing for more than US$65 million.