Garden Flowers

After Chen Chun Chinese

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Following Shen Zhou’s (1427–1509) example of treating still-life painting as uninhibited “ink plays,” Chen Chun strove to turn his flower paintings into spontaneous “idea writings.” Realistic flower paintings had been a popular subject since at least the tenth century, and Chen Chun was perhaps the greatest exponent of this genre in his time. This album, with a rich variety of spring blossoms, treats flowers not merely as botanical specimens but also as inevitable reminders of the brevity of life, beauty, and material existence.

#7631. Garden Flowers

Garden Flowers, After Chen Chun (Chinese, 1483–1544), Album of sixteen paintings and one leaf of calligraphy; ink and color on paper, China

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