Georgette Chen, pioneer of the Post Impressionism in Singapour

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Georgette Chen, born Chang Li Ying was a Singapour painter.

Pioneer of the visual Arts in Singapour, she was also known for her Post-Impressionistic styled oil paintings and contributed to the birth of the Nanyang art style in Singapore.

Chen was the fourth of 12 children - 10 girls and 2 boys - in Zhejiang Province, China, in 1906. She grew up into a privileged life, as her father Chang Sen Chek, was an antique dealer with businesses in Paris, London and New York. As a lucky little girl she was exposed to art at a young age.She was also able to spend most of her life in Paris, painting at home, visiting museums and roaming around the city every day.

In 1926, Goergette Chen studied at the Art Students League of New York. One year later, she attended the Académie Colarossi and Académie Biloul in Paris.


Chen met Eugene Chen, a Chinese diplomat, who was also passionate about Art and willing to support her in the ambition to become a professional artist. She married to him in 1930, the same year that her application to exhibit her artwork at the Salon d'Automne in Paris was accepted.

Chen was awarded the Singapore Cultural Medallion in 1982. She died of complications from rheumatoid arthritis on March 15, 1993, at Mount Alvernia Hospital in her native land.


Georgette Chen (Singapore, 1907-1992)
Tropical Fruits, 1969


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