WEN YONGCHEN (1922-1995)
Nine Carps

Scroll, mounted and framed, ink and colour on paper
48 x 73.5 cm. (18 ⅞ x 28 ⅞ in.)
Inscribed and signed, with five seals of the artist
Dated spring,gengwuyear (1990)
Further inscribed by the artist in minuscule script on the fish's belly and back
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Wen Yongchen was a Hong Kong artist who specialised in painting butterflies and children, as well as calligraphy. He created particularly charming images of children flying kites. What appears to be the string of the kite is in fact miniature calligraphy written by the artist, sometimes even including English text. Similarly, on his paintings of butterflies the antennae are also miniature calligraphy. In this painting, the Carps’ belly and back are also miniature calligraphy.

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