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Title

Three birds

mid 20th century


Artist

CHEN Wenxi

China, Singapore

1908 - 1991


About

A native of Jieyang in Guangdong, China, Chen Wenxi (Chen Wen Hsi) studied at both the Shanghai Academy of Fine Arts and the Xinhua Academy of Fine Arts in the late 1920s and early 1930s. Travelling widely between Shanghai, Guangzhou, Hong Kong, Xingning and his home town during the 1930s and 1940s, Chen, then an art teacher, painted primarily in ink. His work is imbued with a strong descriptive power and sentimental feeling. Chen Wenxi moved to Singapore in 1947. He has studied and practised Western oil painting since then. He felt that he was more at home with Western modernist trends after the Post-impressionists. This painting is a good example of his unique synthesis of expressive painting style and calligraphic principle. It is painted in the 'xieyi' style using spontaneous, free brushwork.

Asian Art Department, AGNSW, April 2004.


Details


Places where the work was made

China
Singapore


Date

mid 20th century


Media category

Painting


Materials used

hanging scroll; ink and colour on paper


Dimensions

88.7 x 44.6 cm


Signature & date

Signed c.r., in Chinese, inscribed in black ink "Wen…". Not dated.
Signed c.r., in Chinese, stamped in red ink "Xi [artist's seal]". Not dated.


Credit

Gift of Dr. Peter Elliott 2004


Location

Not on display


Accession number

159.2004


Artist information

CHEN Wenxi

Works in the collection

3


Place

Where the work was made
China, Singapore