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Chen Hongshou [Ch’en Hung-shou; zi Zhanghou; hao Laolian, after 1646 Huichi, Huiseng, Laochi]locked

(b Zhuji, Zhejiang Province, 1598; d ?Shaoxing, Zhejiang Province, 1652).
  • Anne Burkus-Chasson


Chinese painter, calligrapher and designer of woodblock-prints. Chen’s inventive depictions of figures, in particular of scholars and winsome gentlewomen, have long been admired (see also China, People’s Republic of, §V, 3, (vii), (d)), although he also painted bird-and-flower subjects and, to a lesser extent, landscapes. His contemporaries also acknowledged his skills as a poet and calligrapher. The appellation ‘Chen of the South, Cui of the North’, as recorded by 17th-century historians, refers to similarities between his archaistic style and that of the painter Cui Zizhong (...

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