Narcissus and Orchid

Chen Hengke Chinese

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Chen Hengke's studies in Japan gave him the distance from his own tradition that only the modern period could provide, and from this vantage he reaffirmed a belief in the enduring vitality of Chinese calligraphy and painting. His composition of fragrant flowers recalls the generations of painters from Wu Changshi back through Li Futang (act. ca. 1711–62), Hua Yen (1682–ca. 1765) and Chen Chun (1483–1544), who preceded him. His inscription touches gently upon the theme of China's beloved rivers, the Xiao and Xiang and the river Luo.

Narcissus and Orchid, Chen Hengke (Chinese, 1876–1923), Folding fan mounted as an album leaf; ink and color on alum paper, China

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