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清 陳書 白鸚鵡圖 軸
Cockatoo

Artist:
Chen Shu (Chinese, 1660–1736)
Period:
Qing dynasty (1644–1911)
Date:
dated 1721
Culture:
China
Medium:
Hanging scroll; ink and color on paper
Dimensions:
37 1/16 x 17 3/16 in. (94.1 x 43.7 cm)
Classification:
Paintings
Credit Line:
John Stewart Kennedy Fund, 1913
Accession Number:
13.220.31
Not on view
Born into a gentry family in Jiaxing, Zhejiang Province, Chen Shu was one of the few women in premodern China to earn a reputation as a painter. Most of Chen's extant works are landscape paintings in the literati manner, but she also created flower and bird images such as this one, which follows the more meticulous descriptive style practiced by Song and Ming dynasty court artists. In 1721 Chen's son, Qian Chenqun (1686–1774), earned his jinshi (presented scholar) degree and received an appointment to the Hanlin Academy in the capital. He subsequently brought his mother, already a widow for three years, to Beijing, where this work was painted.
Inscription: Artist’s inscription and signature (1 column in semi-cursive script)

辛丑仲冬南樓老人陳書

Artist’s seal

女史陳書
[ John C. Ferguson , 1913; sold to MMA]
Indianapolis Museum of Art. "Views from Jade Terrace: Chinese Women Artists, 1300–1912," September 3, 1988–November 6, 1988.

Richmond. Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. "Views from Jade Terrace: Chinese Women Artists, 1300–1912," December 5, 1988–January 15, 1989.

Asian Art Museum of San Francisco. "Views from Jade Terrace: Chinese Women Artists, 1300–1912," February 13, 1989–April 2, 1989.

Washington DC. National Museum of Women in the Arts. "Views from Jade Terrace: Chinese Women Artists, 1300–1912," April 24, 1989–June 4, 1989.

Hong Kong Museum of Art. "Views from Jade Terrace: Chinese Women Artists, 1300–1912," June 29, 1989–August 27, 1989.

New York. China House Gallery. "Views from Jade Terrace: Chinese Women Artists, 1300–1912," October 5, 1989–December 2, 1989.

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