Still Life: Moon Festival Table
Year: c. 1965-1968
Medium: Oil on canvas
Size: 73 x 60 cm.
"The quality of lightness and pleasure is manifested in her later still-life painting, Still Life: Moon Festival Table belies the conscious and careful efforts Chen put into her choice of objects, their composition and colour scheme. The work is a formal and yet unpretentious arrangement of festive goods, in reds and greens, against a simple, pale yellow background. Inspite of the presentation being so direct, the viewer cannot but be affected by the colourful exuberance of the festive table and the spiritedness of the occasion. Still-Life: Moon Festival Table represents Chen's expression of the simple joy given by the common things enjoyed by everyday folk."
-- Channels & Confluences, ch. 14
Kwok Kian Chow. Channels & Confluences: A History of Singapore Art. Singapore: National Heritage Board/Singapore Art Museum, 1996. Plate 46.
This document is part of a joint project of the Singapore Art Museum and the Honours Core Curriculum, National University of Singapore. This image and accompanying text appears here with the kind permission of the Singapore Art Museum.
Last updated: April 2000