The present Google Doodle praises Singaporean artist Georgette Chen, an founder of the post-Impressionist Nanyang painting style, on the 91st anniversary of her first display at the Salon d’Automne in Paris.
Georgette Chen Li Ying was brought into the world in Zhejiang, China in October 1906. She grew up generally in Paris however voyaged often all through China and to New York. This cosmopolitan childhood presented her to the mixture of cultures that would ultimately shape her pioneering art.
Chen’s debut followed a invitation to feature her artwork at a display facilitated in one of Paris’ most renowned present day art salons, the Salon d’Automne, which started on this day in 1930.
In 1953, Chen got comfortable Singapore, where she helped found the Nanyang style of painting–a experimental style that joined Asian subjects and themes with Western styles and methods.
Chen was among the age of Chinese-born artists who emigrated to Singapore to join the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts, where she taught for 26 years. She became renowned for her refined brushwork, which implanted her paintings with an illusory quality.
Chen produced various works that got worldwide praise including “Mosque in Kuala Lumpur” (1957) and “Singapore Waterfront” (1958).
Her work was shown all throughout the world, from New York to Kuala Lumpur. The Doodle artwork brings out Chen’s Nanyang style.
Beginning from the left: A basket of rambutan, an easel, the artist herself, a dried chili plant, an bitter melon, and afterward a teapot—all elements inspired by her work.
In 1982, she got the Cultural Medallion—a national award that praises the achievements of significant contributors of Singapore’s artistic and cultural landscape. As a contributing part to her local community, Chen was the director for the Lee Foundation Fund for the Encouragement of Local Talent in the Fine Arts and on the committee of the Singapore Arts Society.
Singaporean youngsters actually find out with regards to the country’s culture from the 2009 book “Georgette’s Mooncakes,” which investigates Chen’s “Still Life: Moon Festival Table” (1965-1968).
Thank you for your contributions to the global art scene in the face of an ever-changing world, Georgette Chen!
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