Chen Hongshou

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Chen Hongshou
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Self portrait of Chen Hongshou, 1635
Traditional Chinese陳洪綬
Simplified Chinese陈洪绶

Chen Hongshou (1598–1652), formerly romanized as Ch'en Hung-shou, was a Chinese painter of the late Ming dynasty.


Tomb of Chen Hongshou in Shaoxing.

Chen was born in Zhuji, Zhejiang province in 1598, during the Ming dynasty. His courtesy name was Zhanghou (章侯), and his pseudonyms were Laolian (老莲), Fuchi (弗迟), Yunmenseng (云门僧), Huichi (悔迟), Chiheshang (迟和尚) and Huiseng (悔僧).[1] He once trained under Lan Ying, and was skilled in painting peculiar human figures, landscapes, flower-and-bird. He utilized plump, profound brushwork and precise color, creating a unique style. He always painted illustrations and made tapestry portraits. His two masterpieces, Shui Hu Ye Zi (水浒叶子) and Bo Gu Ye Zi, were the rare examples among the Ming and the Qing dynasties. He was very famous at that time, called "Chen in South and Cui in North", together with Cui Zizhong. He also was skilled in calligraphy, poetry and prose.


Magnolia and Erect Rock (玉堂柱石圖) by Chen Hongshou, Palace Museum, Beijing

His works are kept in museums and galleries all over the world including these in the United States:


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  1. ^ Cihai: Page 431.


  • Cihai bianji weiyuanhui (辞海编辑委员会). Cihai (辞海). Shanghai: Shanghai cishu chubanshe (上海辞书出版社), 1979.
  • Hummel, Arthur W. Sr., ed. (1943). "Ch'ên Hung-shou" . Eminent Chinese of the Ch'ing Period. United States Government Printing Office.

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