Painting & Calligraphy
Chen Chongguang (1838-1896)
In the style of Meihua ren [pseudonym of Wu Zhen (1280-1354)]
Presented to Mister Jingyao. Ruomu (signature) Chen Chongguang (signature)
Chen Chongguang (1838-1896), also known as Ruomu, was a native of Yangzhou, Jiangsu province. He studied under Yu Chan (1803-1882). After the failure of the Taiping Rebellion, he returned to Yangzhou. He also stayed as a guest at the home of the Kuai family in Wang Zhong, Anhui province, where he had a chance to view and learn from many Song and Yuan paintings. He advocated studying traditional skills and practicing ancient styles. He was well-known for landscape and bird-and-flower painting. In 1887, he taught the famous landscape painter, Huang Binhong (1864-1955) in Yangzhou, and had a great impact on his painting style.