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Zither expressions are as clear as water
Poetic dreams are warmer than Spring
Chen has manipulated the shapes of the characters for dramatic effect. He bent or slanted some strokes that would normally be vertical (as on the top of the first character in the left-hand scroll), squeezed characters to make them narrower (third character on right and fourth character on left), and accentuated the long downward diagonal strokes of others. Together the exaggerated forms make a pleasing, rhythmic overall composition.
Chen was a seal carver, calligrapher, and painter of the middle Qing dynasty (1644–1912) from Zhuji in Zhejiang province.
Purchased by Henry Harrison at a New York City auction; given to the Indianapolis Museum of Art in 2004.