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Decennial memorial exhibition for renowned Taiwanese painter Chang Wan-chuan
台灣前輩畫家張萬傳逝世十周年紀念展

A self-portrait of Chang Wan-chuan.
張萬傳自畫像。

Photo: Huang Po-lang, Liberty Times
照片:自由時報記者黃博郎

Born in 1909, veteran Taiwanese painter Chang Wan-chuan died in 2003 at the advanced age of 94, making his life representative of the developmental period of modern art in Taiwan. Chang started out finding stylistic inspiration in the fauvist and expressionist movements, later receiving influence from the modernist School of Paris, and eventually fusing all of these elements with a Taiwanese rural psyche to create his own unique artistic idiom.

Chang most frequently used red, yellow and blue hues, building chaotic mixtures of roiling colors caked with a heavy blackness to enhance the textures of his works, keenly representing the artist’s own personality. Having grown up in Danshui, Chang left behind many nostalgic works depicting local landmarks, including the Danshui Customs Officer’s Residence, commonly known as the “Little White House” and the Danshui Presbyterian Church. As a young man he studied painting in Japan, eventually becoming a teacher in Taipei at midlife, and even spent a brief stint as a fisherman, which later served as inspiration for his fish-themed series. In 1954, while teaching amateur artists, he began creating nudes of women to better instruct his pupils. At the age of 67 he moved to France, where he painted numerous European travel paintings representing his life there.

“Chang Wan-chuan: Taiwan Senior Artist Memorial Exhibition” will be on display at the Bo Art Gallery in Taipei’s Tianmu area until May 28.

(Liberty Times, Translated by Kyle Jeffcoat)

台灣前輩畫家張萬傳出生於一九0九年,二00三年以九十五歲高齡辭世,其一生經歷彷如台灣美術成長的縮影。張萬傳的畫風始於野獸派、表現主義的啟迪,後受巴黎畫派的影響,融入台灣原鄉意識,成就了自我獨特的藝術面貌。

張萬傳慣用紅色、黃色與藍色,使顏色交雜混濁,並以黑色加強穩定畫作層次,強烈表現自己的性格。因早年在淡水渡過,留下知名的淡水白樓、教堂等鄉愁之作;青年時期赴日習畫,中年在台北教書,期間又有短暫的漁夫生涯,因此,開啟了魚畫系列創作;另外則於一九五四年為指導星期天畫家而開始創作裸女題材;六十七歲赴法,則留下大量歐遊寫生畫作。

TODAY’S WORDS 今日單字

1. stylistic adj.

風格的 (feng1 ge2 de5)

例: Although the paintings are from two different artists, there are obvious stylistic connections.

(雖是兩個不同的藝術家的畫作,還是存在明顯風格上的關聯。)

2. enhance v.

加強;增強 (jia1 qiang2; zeng1 qiang2)

例: Updates enhance a program’s ability to perform the tasks it was designed to perform.

(更新可加強原程式設計的作業能力。)

3. keenly adv.

強烈地;敏銳地 (qiang2 lie4 de5; min3 rui4 de5)

例: She is keenly aware of the consequences of her actions.

(她非常清楚她行為可造成的後果。)


天母博藝畫廊推出「台灣前輩畫家張萬傳逝世十周年紀念展」,自即日起展出至五月二十八日。

(自由時報記者凌美雪)

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