Overlooking the river mouth, a poetic scene unfolds before the eye. Old Fujianese-style houses mount the hillside one after another, while a Gothic church rises on the right. The painter at the height of his career outlined the entrancing architecture with refined brushstrokes, immortalizing the little town of Tamsui. The designer has embossed the cup from the perspective of the church’s windows.
About the masterpiece
Sunset in Tamsui
Oil on canvas
When the artist looks from the height of Qizaiding into the distant sea, the small town is linked to the world in a historical prospect. Along Beacon Street, which zigzags like a snake in the painting as well as before Chen Cheng-po’s eyes, the church bell rings the story of George Leslie Mackay’s missionary work, and the wharves and ships at the riverside bespeak how commerce promotes the prosperity of modern Tamsui. On the distant hill, the Fort San Domingo is indistinct and faraway like its past. History is deposited at every corner of the small town, radiates from the sunset on the Tamsui River, and flashes with the glittering ripples in the painting.
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