百寿图 (BaiShoutu) (“A hundred years of life”), now in the possession of the British
Museum, is a Chinese artistic masterpiece by Cheng HongShou (陈洪绶), painter and
poet between the end of the Qing and the beginning of the Ming dynasty.

Chen Hongshou (陳洪綬, 1599-1652), style name Zhanghou (章侯) and sobriquet
Laolian (老蓮, “old lotus”), was a native of Zhuji (諸暨) in Zhejiang. Chen Hongshou
excelled in painting and calligraphy. He became a Buddhist monk in 1646 but was torn
between the conflicting ideals of Confucian government service and Buddhist
retirement. His paintings suggest something of those tensions in dealing with ancient
subjects and figure styles; indeed, Chen gave a brief but vigorous new life and dignity to
the art of figure painting that had been in limbo since the Song dynasty (960–1279).
Chen Hongshou specialized in figures, but he was also gifted at other subjects, including
birds-and-flowers, grasses-and-insects, and landscapes. BaiShouTu, 185 cm long and 30
cm wide, is one of his most famous paintings and one of the most valuable paintings in
Chinese history of art.
For purchase: top quality reproduction, beautifully packaged, this is the
ideal gift for a birthday in family as it communicates a wish for longevity
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