Calligraphy Couplet
Calligraphy Couplet
Calligraphy Couplet
Calligraphy Couplet

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Calligraphy Couplet

Chen Hongshou, Calligrapher (Chinese, 1725-1775)


書法聯

琴言清若水
詩夢暖扵春 

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.

Object Information

calligrapher
Chen Hongshou (Chinese, 1725-1775)
dynasty
Qing dynasty
period
Qianlong
creation date
about 1750
materials
ink on gold-flecked paper
dimensions
68-1/2 x 14-7/16 in. (image)
81-7/8 x 16-5/8 in. (overall)
mark descriptions
Signed: Chen Hongshou
Seal: Chen Honghou yin
Seal: Mansheng
accession number
2004.131A
credit line
Gift of Henry and Lee Harrison
copyright
Public Domain
collection
Asian Art
colors