Gift of Robert Hatfield Ellsworth, in memory of La Ferne Hatfield Ellsworth, 1986
Not on view
The strong interplay of color and ink, decorative appeal and calligraphy updates the tradition of flower painting that had evolved in the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries. Chen's freer brushwork and bright color mark a direction that Chinese painting would take in the succeeding decades, and his influential position as a teacher and mentor served to carve out that path.
Signature: Chen Hengke Undated
Artist's inscription; poem, four lines, five-character meter: This spring-blooming plum Was not supposed to endure the cold, Not understanding this, the Northern people Think it is an apricot.
Dedicated to Luosheng.
Artist's seal: Shi (square, red characters)
Marking: Collectors' seals: Robert Hatfield Ellsworth
Robert H. Ellsworth , New York (until 1986; donated to MMA)
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Nineteenth and Twentieth Century Painting: Selections from the Robert H. Ellsworth Collection," February 2, 1988–September 25, 1988.
Fort Worth. Kimbell Art Museum. "Style and Expressionism: Modern Chinese Painting," November 4, 1989–January 14, 1990.