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Four scenes from the life of the Tang poet Bai Juyi
RCH 1023
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Chen Hongshou is considered one of China's most important figure painters. His unconventional style combines the flowing lines of China's traditional painting with three-dimensionally rendered faces based on western models.

History of the Object
Painting and calligraphy were cultivated by members of the educated upper classes in China, and were created for them. For this reason, the works are frequently full of scholarly allusions. In his long hand scroll entitled Four Scenes From the Life of the Tang Poet, Bai Juyi, the painter Chen Hongshou (1599-1652) shows the famous poet pursuing his favourite activities: writing poems, strolling while under the influence of wine, listening to music and meditating. However, the artist has given the venerable poet the features of his friend Nan Shenglu, and is thus praising his contemporary as personality on a par with the Tang poet.

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Type
Painting 
Materials
Ink and color on silk 
Measurements
Width 31 cm. Length 289.5 cm. (whole scroll)  
Creator name
Chen Hongshou 
Creator date
1598 - 1652 
Where it was made
China 
Geography
China 
Time period
AD 17th century ~ AD 17th century 
Creation date
17th Century; 1649; Qing Dynasty 
Function
Painting 
Acquisition
Collection Charles A. Drenowatz (until 1972) 
Copyright
Museum Rietberg Zürich 
Acknowledgements
 
Owner
Museum Rietberg Zürich 
Museum
Museum Rietberg 
Credit line
Museum Rietberg Zürich, Gift Charles A. Drenowatz 

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