Calligraphy couplet

 
Calligrapher
Creation date
Period
Qianlong
Dynasty
Qing dynasty
Materials
ink on gold-flecked paper
Mark Descriptions
signed: Chen Hongshou | seal: Chen Honghou yin | seal: Mansheng
Dimensions
68-1/2 x 14-7/16 in. (image) 81-7/8 x 16-5/8 in. (overall)
Credit line
Gift of Henry and Lee Harrison
Accession number
2004.131A
Collection
Not Currently On View

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.
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