1929, oil on canvas, 72.5×60.5 cm, private collection
As the riverbanks, bridges, houses, hills, and the lines of the objects keep receding and shifting into the distance, our eyes are brought into a space of profound magnitude. The traditional vocabulary is met with new expressions of the modern era. Between the Chinese ink wash and the Western painting techniques, it seems to reflect the inspirations of great mind.
What is “Oriental”? Through this painting, Chen Cheng-po may have found a coherent answer to his puzzle. Can you see his enlightenment through the color of the water in the West Lake flowing out from the pigment tube?BY Emery Chen