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Three birds

mid 20th century


Chen Wenxi

China, Singapore

1906 – 1991

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  • Details

    Places where the work was made
    mid 20th century
    Media categories
    Scroll , Painting
    Materials used
    hanging scroll; ink and colour on paper
    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.

    Gift of Dr. Peter Elliott 2004
    Not on display
    Accession number
    Artist information
    Chen Wenxi

    Works in the collection


  • 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.

  • Places

    Where the work was made

    China, Singapore

Other works by Chen Wenxi