Paintings after Ancient Masters: Portrait of Tao Yuanming

老蓮橅古: 菊花


Chen Hongshou 陳洪綬

(Chinese, 1598/99–1652)
Overall: 30.2 x 26.7 cm (11 7/8 x 10 1/2 in.)
Location: not on view
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Chen Hongshou made this double-album with twenty paintings for a friend, Lin Zhongqing.


Poet Tao Yuanming (365–427 CE) turned down a career as an official in politically turbulent times to return to his home estate, northwest of Mount Lu, to write poetry and enjoy his garden and wine. Having an ailing foot, he was carried in a basket or walked with a staff. As he grew chrysanthemums, Tao is associated with this flower.

The artist Chen Hongshou, active in Zhejiang province, suffered through the violent transition from the Ming to the Qing dynasty around 1644. By portraying the poet who lived a millennium earlier during similarly fraught times, Chen intentionally chose an archaistic style.
Paintings after Ancient Masters: Portrait of Tao Yuanming

Paintings after Ancient Masters: Portrait of Tao Yuanming


Chen Hongshou

(Chinese, 1598/99–1652)
China, Ming dynasty (1368–1644)

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