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The Public Spirit, Beauty in the Making
by Taipei Fine Arts Museum
Location: Taipei Fine Arts Museum
Artist(s): Shui-Long YEN
Date: 3 Dec 2011 - 26 Feb 2012

Shui-Long Yen (1903 – 1997) is one of Taiwan's most important senior generation artists of the twentieth century. Yen was born in Tainan and studied in both Japan and France. His painting style relies on direct and simple forms and contrasting warm colors to present the hot climate and sunshine of Taiwan. After WWII, Yen devoted himself to the promotion of Taiwanese fine arts and crafts to transform the character of Taiwanese society with a practical lifestyle aesthetics. He later expanded his ideas to the fields of urban landscape design and public art, thus continuing his desire to beautify modern life and successfully working in many different fields. This exhibition presents Yen's lifetime interest in the arts as well as his devotion to forming common ideals in Taiwanese society, and includes oil painting, drawing, print, craft, design, advertising, and public art mosaics chronology. Elegant, simple and urban are words that come to mind when thinking of Yen's life, as well as the modern Taiwanese culture that he advanced. By exhibiting these original works, the museum anticipates creating a deeper understand of Shui-Long Yen's life, work and ideals among those who follow the arts of Taiwan.

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