First-generation Singaporean painter Georgette Chen, a key figure of modern art here and pioneer of the post-impressionist Nanyang-style art movement, has been honoured in a Google Doodle—the fun changes the tech giant makes to its logo to commemorate holidays, anniversaries and the lives of famous artists, pioneers and scientists—the first featuring a Singaporean female artist.
It was on this day in 1930 that Chen made her debut at the prestigious Salon d’Automne‚ the annual Parisian showcase of innovative 20th-century painting including those by Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse and Paul Cézanne, which signalled the start of her illustrious career as an artist.
Born in Zhejiang, China, Chen grew up in Paris, where her father was an antiques dealer. She received her arts education in New York, Paris and Shanghai, and travelled frequently throughout China. It was this exposure to various cultures that would eventually shape her artistic practice.