Chen Tianran 陈天然

Chen Tianran's piece displays two characters done with a heavily ink-loaded brush that as it dries produces "flying white"--the mottled black and white characteristic of a dry brush. The vigorous, painterly quality of his cursive script emphasizes the wildness of the scene to which the phrase alludes.

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Creator.Personal Name: 陈 天 然
Creator.Personal Name: Chen Tianran.
Creator.Role: calligrapher.
Title: 壙 觀
Description: hanging scroll; ink on paper (cursive script); signed by the artist; one artist's seal.
Type: Calligraphy--Chinese.
Type: Scroll (Visual work)--Chinese.
Style.Period: Contemporary.
Culture: Chinese.
Material.Medium: ink.
Material.Support: paper.
Measurements: 21 x 38 in.
Location.Current Repository: private collection, C. J. Campbell (Chicago, Ill.)
Rights: C. J. Campbell.
Record Type: work.

Translation of characters:

Viewing the open wilderness

壙 觀
chentianran_wildernessviewing_sig (15K)

Chinese Calligraphy