紙本鋼筆鉛筆Pen and Pencil on paper
The lines of this ink sketch are intricate; almost visible are the houses on either side of the street lined with poles and the sailboats on the river. The sole building that can be clearly identified is the Chapel of Presbyterian Church on the left of the picture plane. That towering spire is the coordinate axis prevalent in numerous Tamsui landscape paintings by Chen Cheng-po. In comparison with the old photograph, near the Chapel, the building with a hip roof and a pediment is probably the chosen scene arranged beside the spire steeple.
Judging from the relative position, the building with a hip roof and a pediment is probably the structure depicted beside the steeple.
Chen Cheng-po’s viewpoint must be focused from a high place in the north of the Chapel. The foreground at the left bottom corner is slanted by the fence to cover part of the visual field. In the background, the end of the street disappears somewhat abruptly; the line of sight follows the stretch of the street to the end but suddenly sinks into the Tamsui River. The picture doesn’t show a definite scale of distance, which may well be an idea to violate the linear perspective. As a result, the total arrangement of vision is full of interest.
In comparison with the paintings that have a similar visual angle, Tamsui (1) and Tamsui Landscape, it is evident that the scene of Tamsui River is emphasized much more in this sketch. The shadows of sails drifting slowly on the broad river look like the fleeting clouds in the blue sky, adding a touch of distant quiet, ease and comfort to the picture.
Out of his everlasting concern about the land, Chen Cheng-po would deliberately represent some distinguishing features of local cultures in his landscape paintings. At Tamsui, a harbor which has accumulated a profound, significant history, various Chinese sailboats were naturally caught by his pen and became the subject repeatedly depicted in his works.
As time and circumstances have changed, the views of Tamsui depicted in Chen Cheng-po’s paintings have become part of history. If you have the chance to visit Tamsui, what typical sights will first attract your attention?