Painter, poet, calligrapher, engraver, all-around artist. Qian Shoutie was born to a modest family. Thanks to his determination and the support of his teachers who believed in his talent, Qian saw the doors of the art world open to him, right up to him becoming, in 1929, one of the founders of the Chinese Painting Society, a group that united the most important painters of the time, based out of Shanghai. The exhibition at the China Art Palace gathers over 180 important works. On display are his lively landscapes, flowers and plants, natural elements depicted with incredibly vivid and brilliant colours. Like the painting Melon of the North, which depicts a boldly red fruit, coloured with Japanese ink. It is an audacious composition in which the figure occupies virtually the entire page, next to a yellow flower, tied with a bright green shoot. Harmonious and unique, an effort, according to scholars, not just in style, but a will to represent an actual state of being. Above all, it is a declaration of the artist about his strong ties with Japan and its pictorial traditions, which Qian Shoutie drew on for both subject choice and overall atmosphere.