Chen Hongshou

Chen Hongshou

Self portrait of Chen Hongshou, 1635
Traditional Chinese 陳洪綬
Simplified Chinese 陈洪绶
This is a Chinese name; the family name is Chen.

Chen Hongshou (1598–1652), formerly romanized as Ch'en Hung-shou, was a Chinese painter of the late Ming dynasty.


Chen was born in Zhuji, Zhejiang province in 1598, during the Ming dynasty. His courtesy name was Zhanghou (章侯), and his pseudonyms were Laolian (老莲), Fuchi (弗迟), Yunmenseng (云门僧), Huichi (悔迟), Chiheshang (迟和尚) and Huiseng (悔僧).[1] He once trained under Lan Ying, and was skilled in painting peculiar human figures, landscapes, flower-and-bird. He utilized plump, profound brushwork and precise color, creating a unique style. He always painted illustrations and made tapestry portraits. His two masterpieces," Shui Hu Ye Zi" (水浒叶子) and "Bo Gu Ye Zi", were the rare examples among the Ming and the Qing dynasties. He was very famous at that time, called "Chen in South and Cui in North", together with Cui Zizhong. He also was skilled in calligraphy,poetry and prose.


Magnolia and Erect Rock (玉堂柱石圖) by Chen Hongshou, Palace Museum, Beijing

His works are kept in museums and galleries all over the world including these in the United States:

See also

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  1. Cihai: Page 431.


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