Bananas in a Basket
Oil on canvas
55.2 x 38.4 cm
Georgette Chen's works reflect her cosmopolitan life-having trained in Shanghai, New York and Paris. Deeply inspired by her surroundings, Chen produced still lifes, portraits and landscapes in each place she lived. Bananas in a Basket was painted after Chen settled in Singapore in 1953, with the tropical fruit reflecting her new home.
Born in Zhejiang Province, China, Georgette Chen Li Ying (1906-1993) received her art education in Paris, New York, and Shanghai. She settled in Singapore in 1953 and taught at Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts until she retired in 1980. Chen's artistic career can be divided into three phases: French period (1927-1933), China-Hong Kong period (1934-1948) and Penang-Singapore period (1949-1980). She is best known for her accomplished still life paintings, portraits and landscapes. Regarded as a pioneer artist of Singapore, Chen was instrumental in developing the Nanyang Style and was awarded the Cultural Medallion in 1982.
Gift of Estate of Georgette Chen Liying.
Collection of National Gallery Singapore.
Image courtesy of National Heritage Board.