To commemorate the centennial birthday of the late artist Lin Chih-chu (林之助), who was revered as the foremost authority on eastern gouache paintings in Taiwan, the Taichung-based National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts will showcase his most memorable works from Jan. 23 through May 15.
Born during the Japanese colonial era of Taiwan, Lin demonstrated a natural affinity for art, especially the use of colorful pigments mixed with gelatin to paint. He also placed a high emphasis on pictorial composition, combining Taiwanese scenery and wildlife with Western art theories and techniques.
He was a lifelong educator and peacemaker as well, having helped resolve the issue of whether eastern gouache was "Japanese” or "Chinese” after the retrocession of Taiwan in 1945. He simply coined the term "glue-color painting (膠彩畫)” and turned the public's attention over to the artistic merits of his preferred medium.
Lin passed away in 2008 after receiving the nation's highest artistic honor, the National Cultural Award, in 2005. His old studio and living quarters in Taichung City are now open to the public as the Lin Chih-chu Memorial Hall.
For the centennial exhibition, the museum has curated 103 paintings, sketches, book cover designs, and personal documents to pay homage to the beloved late artist. While certain items are loaned by Lin's family, most of the paintings ― including his iconic "Cool Morning (朝涼)” ― are from the museum's permanent collection.
'The Wind Will Still Blow Tomorrow: Lin Chih-chu Centennial Memorial Exhibition'