Praying mantis, bee, and prunus blossom

Chen Fen was a specialist in bird-and-flower painting from Guangzhou, Guangdong province. He was a prominent pupil of the leading Guangdong painter Ju Lian (1828-1904), whose gongbi ‘fine-brush’ painting style is evident here. Three other pupils of Ju Lian went on to establish the Lingnan School in the 1920s, promoting a combination of Chinese and Japanese brushwork with Western realistic style.

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    Chen Fen was from Panyu (now Guangzhou) in Guangdong province. He specialised in bird and flower painting and was a prominent pupil of the leading Guangzhou painter Ju Lian (1828-1904), three of whose other followers went on to found the Lingnan School.

    In: Vainker, Shelagh, Chinese Paintings in the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford (Oxford: Ashmolean Museum, 2000)

Further reading

Vainker, Shelagh, Chinese Paintings in the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford (Oxford: Ashmolean Museum, 2000), no. 5 on p. 28, illus. p. 29 fig. 5

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