RGE TTE C EO HE G N

PAINTER

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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

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