Collection Online
ink and colour on paper
137.4 × 68.4 cm (image)
Place/s of Execution
inscribed in ink (in Chinese characters) u.r.:
stamped in red ink (in Chinese characters) l.r.: (artist's seal)
stamped in red ink (in Chinese characters) l.r.: (artist's seal)
Accession Number
Asian Art
Credit Line
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Gift of Jason Yeap OAM through the Australian Government’s Cultural Gifts Program, 2015
© the artist
Gallery location
Not on display
Physical description
Inspired by paintings of sunflowers, 1888, 1889 by Vincent Van Gogh (1853-1890), CHEN Yongqian has adopted the genre of sunflowers and brilliant colours of Western style of painting, in particular those by Vincent Van Gogh. CHEN combined Western influence with dynamic, expressive Chinese calligraphic brushstroke in the depictions of the sunflowers and the eccentric rocks. This work is energetic, robust, intense and rhythmic. It also exemplifies the colourful Lingnan (South of the Mountain Range) School of semi-tropical Guangdong province, southern China.