Kapok is one of Chen Shuren's favourite subjects, appreciated for its straight, tall form and beautiful flowers, and cherished as a symbol of Southern China because it is a local plant. Chen Shuren, Gao Jianfu (1879 - 1951) and Gao Qifeng (1899 - 1933) had each presented a painting as a gift to the Memorial Hall of Sun Yat-sen, built in 1926. The subject of Chen Shuren's is "kapok", as a paen to the great man who gave birth to New China. In this painting, Western water colour is used to highlight the vibrant red of the kapok.


  • Title: Spring in Lingnan
  • Date Created: 1935
  • Theme: Kapok
  • School: Lingnan School
  • Physical Dimensions: w95.5 x h194 cm
  • History of Acquisition: Acquired by the Museum in 1997
  • Highranking officer of the Kuomingtang, Painter: Chen Shuren
  • Artist's Biography: Chen Shuren (1884 - 1948), born Chen Shao, literary name De'an Laoren and Ershan Shanqiao, was a native of Panyu in Guangdong province. He learnt painting with Ju Lian (1828 - 1904) - in his early years and later pursued his studies in Japan. He is credited as one of the "Three Masters of the Lingnan School".
  • Type: Ink and colour on paper

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