RGE TTE C EO HE G N
Widely recognised as the most important of Singapore’s women pioneer artists, Georgette Chen was a painter known for her Post-Impressionistic style at the turn of the 20th century. Along with male counterparts such as Liu Kang, Chen contributed to the birth of the Nanyang Style. She also became the first woman to teach at the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts. She was awarded the Cultural Medallion in 1982. Inspired by her surroundings, Chen produced still-lifes, landscapes and portraits that reflected her daily life. Self Portrait is one of Chen’s best-known works. It is striking in its sense of detachment and dignity, as she stares down at her viewer. Her smooth porcelain complexion, produced by rosy dabs of pastel colours, contrast with the definitive linear strokes of her eyebrows and nose bridge and the vivid dash of vermillion on her lips. Her sharp, piercing stare reveals her resolute, steadfast personality. Georgette Chen’s artworks are on display at the DBS Singapore Gallery in the National Gallery Singapore.
From left: Self-Portrait, 1946. LotusinaBreeze, 1970