The important post-war veteran Taiwanese artist Read Lee was born in 1921 into a scholarly family in Jiangsu Province surrounded by poetry, literature, books, paintings, antiques and Beijing opera. They provided him with nourishment in Chinese culture and art. When the Sino-Japanese War broke out in 1937, Read Lee went to Sichuan as an exiled student. He graduated from the Chongqing University in 1945 and came to Taiwan in 1948.
In contrast to members of modern painting movements such as Fifth Moon Group and Ton Fon Art Group at the time, Read Lee did not receive professional art training. However, with his passion for literature and art, he started studying painting with veteran artist Mr Chen Te Wang (1910-1984). During his eight years of study (1956-1964), Chen guided Read Lee in his exploration of space, which would last his entire life.
This exhibition also features a hundred odd drawings by Read lee. Using simple brushwork and lines to vividly convey the human anatomy and sense of space was the sum of his overall thinking. H realized that artistic creation is not just skilful representation, but is linked with life and living. Attempting to understand the “essence” of things, he meticulously studied the structure of space and let the sentiment flow unintentionally and in an original manner. This is the highest achievement of painting.
This exhibition is the first comprehensive show in Taiwan of Read Lee’s career and his progression from superficial realism to the truth of essence. Showcasing some 200 drawings, oil paintings and water colours, it will also be screening a documentary on Read Lee’s life and art education in the gallery. The exhibition will give viewers a deep understanding of the subtle and poetic expression of Read Lee’s works and his artistic passion and original ideas.Source: Taipei Fine Arts Museum
Author: Taipei Fine Arts Museum
Publisher: Taipei Fine Arts Museum
Size：28 x 21 x 2.5 cm
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