Tainan Art History
Caption: Chang Ping-Tang, Morning of the Temple Courtyard, 1942, from the catalogue of the 5th Futen.
This painting by Chang Ping-Tang (1928-2013) was selected into the Yoga (Western-style painting) Division of the 5th Futen (Taiwan Viceroy Art Exhibition). It depicts the Entrance of Morality Training of the Hall of Ethics (Minglun Hall) at the Tainan Confucius Temple. With a diagonal composition, the tree trunk in the foreground and a corner of the Hall of Ethics guide the spectator’s line of sight towards the center of the work – the Entrance of Morality Training. According to Taiwan Nichi Nichi Shinpo (Taiwan Daily News), “yoga (newly selected)…Chang Yu-Tang from Tainan.” Back then, the painter joined the competition under the name “Chang Yu-Tang” (張玉堂) and was successfully selected, making him the youngest painter ever exhibited in a government-sponsored art exhibition in Taiwan. Chang studied under Liao Chi-Chun (廖繼春), Yen Shui-Long (顏水龍), and Kuo Po-Chuan (郭柏川), and his later style was increasingly Fauvist. In 1952, he co-founded the Tainan Fine Arts Association (臺南美術研究會) with Kuo Po-Chuan and others, and has left multiple works featuring the Confucius Temple and historical architecture in Tainan. (Peng Wei-Chen)
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