This exhibition selects dozens of NMA’s collection of Mr. Chen Qiucao, from bird-and-flower paintings, to landscape paintings to children’s illustrations. We present the paintings in three chapters: bird-and-flower paintings, landscape paintings and children’s paintings. Hopefully you could peek in the life and personality of this Ningbo artist through his paintings.
Chen Qiucao | About the artist
Chen was born in Yin County, Zhejiang. He studied at Shanghai Academy of Fine Arts and left the school in 1925. He once participated in the preparation of White Goose Painting Association, created Jingcao Society and the Institute of Fine Arts in New China. In 1955, he was appointed as the Head of Exhibition Department of China Artists Association and the Director of Shanghai Art Museum. He was first engaged in Chinese and western paintings, and later specialized in Chinese paintings. Several artworks of Chen were collected by National Art Museum of China and other museums. His illustrated children’s book, Little Tadpoles Search for Their Mother, received The Noma Concours for Children's Picture Book Illustrations by Asian Cultural Center for UNESCO.
Sparks of Fire, 54×89cm, Chinese painting, 1976
Wild Loquat, 48×77cm, Chinese painting
Bamboos and Fish Pond, 45×80cm, Chinese painting
Ball Cactus, 31×28cm, Chinese painting
Flowers, Stone and Kylin, 38×28cm, Chinese painting
Daffodil, 31×28cm, Chinese painting
True Interests, 45×68cm, Chinese painting
Inked Wood Table, 46×67cm, Chinese painting, 1982
Mount Huang Mists, 38×28cm, Chinese Painting
Pine Trees and Mountain Peaks, 38×28cm, Chinese Painting
Pine Tree and Bamboos, 52×122cm, Chinese Painting, 1973
Dragon-shaped Pine Tree, 38×28cm, Chinese Painting
Dream of Pen Growing Blossoms, 38×28cm, Chinese Painting
Singing Folk Songs (Part), 34×800cm, Chinese Painting
You must be familiar with Little Tadpoles Search for Their Mother, a funny story which grows up with us. Mr. Chen Qiucao also painted on this topic. The illustrated book, Little Tadpoles Search for Their Mother, presents national spirit with ink and won The Noma Concours for Children's Picture Book Illustrations by Asian Cultural Center for UNESCO. There’s also an animation about the story, filmed by Shanghai Animation Film Studio. It is the first animation in China.
Little Tadpoles Search for Their Mother (Part), Chen Qiucao, Replica
Note: unauthorized reproduction is prohibited.