Google Celebrates Georgette Chen With A Doodle

Georgette Chen is a Chinese born Singaporean artist that founded the Nanyang painting style.
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Google celebrate the 91st anniversary Georgette Chen’s first exhibition at the Salon d’Automne in Paris, with a Google Doodle.

Georgette Chen is known for oil paintings that combine both Asian and Western styles, Google Doodle features the artist seated before a canvas and surrounded by still life subjects.

Who is Georgette Chen?

Georgette Chen Li Ying was born in 1906 in Zhejiang, China. She grew up in Paris but attributed her art style to her travels between China and New York.

Chen settled in Singapore in 1954, where she helped found the Nanyang style of painting. The experimental style that combines Asian subjects and themes with Western styles and techniques.

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She became renowned for her refined brushwork, which made her paintings dreamlike. From New York to Kuala Lumpur, Chen’s work has been on display all over the globe.

Paintings like “Mosque in Kuala Lumpur” (1957) and “Singapore Waterfront” (1958) by Chen have received global acclaim.

Credit: Google.

The Doodle artwork emulates Chen’s Nanyang style. It depicts: a basket of rambutan, an easel, the artist herself, a dried chili plant, a bitter melon, and then a teapot. Each element represents a letter in the word Google.

Chen passed away in 1993 at the age of 86 due to complications from rheumatoid arthritis.

To this day, she remains a notable figure in the world of art and her works are are still exhibited and celebrated all over the world.

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