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Chen Cheng-po paintings donated to future Tainan Fine Arts Museum
陳澄波後人捐贈「新樓」 南美館喜獲至寶

Greater Tainan Mayor William Lai, back row second from left, Chen Cheng-po Cultural Foundation chairman Chen Chung-kuang, back row second from right and government workers pose with a poster promoting the “Chen Cheng-po’s 120th Birthday: An East Asian Touring Exhibition” and a photograph in Greater Tainan on Sept. 13.
台南市長賴清德(後排左二)、陳澄波文化基金會董事長及畫家陳澄波兒子陳重光(後排右二),以及政府員工於九月十三日,在台南市與「陳澄波百二誕辰東亞巡迴大展」宣傳海報及照片合影。

Photo: Lin Meng-ting, Liberty Times
照片:自由時報記者林孟婷

Chen Cheng-po Cultural Foundation chairman, and son of the painter, Chen Chung-kuang donated 20 of his father’s priceless paintings to the Tainan Fine Arts Museum’s permanent collection, which is currently making preparations for construction and set to open in 2017. The donated paintings include the large oil painting New Building, certainly a prized possession for the museum. Greater Tainan Mayor William Lai is grateful for the foundation’s altruistic willingness to part with the paintings, and said that the Tainan government is planning a touring exhibition of Chen’s works — “Chen Cheng-po’s 120th Birthday: An East Asian Touring Exhibition” — which will be on display, touring five major cities, starting with Greater Tainan on Jan. 18 next year, followed by Beijing, Shanghai, Tokyo and Taipei.

Chen’s works Tamsui and A Picture of Tamsui at Dusk were sold several years ago on the international art market at record prices exceeding NT$100 million. The same as A Picture of Tamsui at Dusk, New Building was completed in 1941 at the peak of Chen’s career. His scenery depictions of Taiwan in oil painting form receive the most praise, and New Building is one of the few large oil paintings that Chen made of Tainan scenery. The foundation’s willingness to part with the painting has indeed provided a precious gem to the yet unborn Tainan Fine Arts Museum.

The Tainan Cultural Affairs Bureau says that aside from New Building, among the 20 donated paintings and drawings are watercolors, pencil outlined drawings, gouache paintings, ink wash paintings and pencil sketches. The donated works comprehensively cover the scope of his artistic career, including works from his formative years studying at Taiwan’s Japanese Language School, as a student at the Tokyo University of the Arts, while teaching in Shanghai, and works from his travels after returning to Taiwan.

TODAY’S WORDS今日單字

1. prized possession n. phr.

珍愛的物品 (zhen1 ai4 de5 wu4 pin3)

例: The Guarneri violin is his most prized possession.

(瓜奈里小提琴是他最珍愛的物品。)

2. grateful adj.

感激的;感謝的 (gan3 ji1 de5; gan3 xie4 de5)

例: She’s very grateful to you for your help.

(她很感激你幫忙。)

3. formative adj.

形成的;造形的;構成的 (xing2 cheng2 de5; zao4 xing2 de5; gou4 cheng2 de5)

例: The professor has been a formative influence on generations of students.

(這位教授對一代的學生有啟蒙影響。)


(Liberty Times, Translated by Kyle Jeffcoat)

陳澄波文化基金會董事長陳重光捐贈二十件陳澄波珍貴作品給籌建中二0一七年開館的南美館典藏,其中大型油畫作品《新樓》成為南美館首件鎮館之寶,台南市長賴清德除感激基金會的無私割愛,同時表示已策畫「陳澄波百二誕辰東亞巡迴大展」,將於二0一四年一月十八日於台南首展後,續往北京、上海、東京、台北等五個城市巡展。

前輩藝術家陳澄波作品《淡水》與《淡水夕照》,於前幾年在國際藝術市場創下破億的高價紀錄。《新樓》創作於一九四一年,與《淡水夕照》一樣皆完成於陳澄波壯年的創作高峰期,其刻劃台灣風土的油畫作品最為人稱道,《新樓》也是他少數以台南為題材的大型油畫作品,陳澄波文化基金會的割愛,使即將誕生的台南市美術館如獲至寶。

台南文化局表示,除了《新樓》之外,此次二十件捐贈品尚包括陳澄波珍貴的水彩、淡彩、膠彩、水墨,以及鉛筆素描等,從就讀台灣國語學校時期的啟蒙作品,負笈東京藝術大學時期的學院作品,一直到上海任教,以及回到台灣後的畫遊創作等,可說具體而微地涵蓋了畫家一生的藝術歷程。

(自由時報記者凌美雪)

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