This oil painting is produced by Zao Wou-Ki. Born and raised in Beijing, Zao started to learn Chinese painting and calligraphy when he was a child. In 1935, he enrolled in Hangzhou Arts College. After graduation, he taught at his alma mater for a decade or so. Later on, he flew to France and studied at Collège Chamireille. A few years later, he made his home in France. Zao incorporated traditional Chinese arts and contemporary Western painting skills into his artworks, and is known for his rythematic and bright painting style. While in France, Zao witnessed the growing popularity of abstract paintings. Inspired by the abstract paintings, he incorporated China’s bronze inscriptions and oracles into his works. Then, he combined Chinese painting skills with Western painting concepts and thus developed a brand new horizon for the contemporary paintings.
The artist produced this oil painting using countless brown and white lines to imply a boundless universe that reminds viewers of the subtle and delicate Oriental art.
Still Life is produced by Liao Chi-chun, a renowned oil painter also known as Color Magician in Taiwan. Born in 1902, Liao grew up in a farming village in FengYuan. In 1924, he went to Tokyo. While in Japan, he was exposed to the liberal mood prevailing in the fine arts school. He became a fine art teacher after he returned to Taiwan. Countless students learned oil painting skills from him. With his intensive study in abstract paintings, Liao was the first local artist to produce Western paintings in Taiwan. Liao, the pioneer of fine arts, has substantially contributed to the development of fine arts in Taiwan throughout his life.
In 1962, Liao visited the United States on an invitation extended by the State Department. He was overwhelmed by the abstract expressionism prevailing in the United States. His liberal style was enhanced by abstract expressionism. The artist produced Still Life, using smooth colors and streaks to produce a bright picture that attracts viewers’ attention at their first glance. The objects contained in the painting appear chaotic yet tidy, contributing to the colorful and attractive picture sought by the artist.
This painting is produced by Fu Juan-fu, a Chinese artist known for his clouds and river paintings. Born in 1910, Fu grew up in Hangchou. With his candid personality, Fu is indifferent to fame and fortune. He observed the unique topography of Taiwan and then painted mountains using his unique dotting-and-splitting skill and cracking-under-fracture skill. He painted splashes and waves using his water-soaked skill.
Fu Juan-fu is known for his wave paintings. This painting Running Waves is one of his outstanding works. Take a close look at this painting. You will be amazed by the sharp contrast between the steep cliff and the wide-open sea, so close yet so far away. This painting reminds us of the skills developed by Ma Yen and Shia Gue of South Sung Dynasty. Take a look at the waves pounding on the cliff. The waves look like snow falling down on the ground. The mighty waves and the cliff inspire courage in our minds!