Chen Chun

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Chen Chun, Mountains in Clouds, 1535
Freer Gallery of Art

Chén Chún (; 1483-1544) was a Ming Dynasty artist. Born into a wealthy family of scholar-officials in Suzhou, he learned calligraphy from Wen Zhengming, one of the Four Masters of the Ming dynasty. Chén Chún later broke with Wen to favor a more freestyle method of ink wash painting. He was associated with the Wu School of literary painting. Mi Fu of the Song Dynasty had a strong influence on his work. Chén executed many landscapes, but to a degree is noted as a "Bird-and-flower" painter.

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