Taipei Fine Arts Museum · Collection
Oil on canvas
72.5 x 91 cm
During the Second World War,I was studying medicine at the Tokyo University. I was reminiscing of home,Taiwan, and its plentiful bounty of food, as Tokyo was experiencing a shortage in rations. This painting may have reflected the views around Taipei Bridge in Taipei, inspired from my dreams. 50 years ago, residents of the area still kept livestock at home, and it wasn’t uncommon to see mother pigs taking leisurely strolls with their piglets, nor the passing of oxen carts. The girl in the painting reflected my situation, standing uncertainly on the crossroads of life, not knowing the path I should take, nor the fate of my actions.
Famous art critic Araki Sueo (荒城季雄) evaluated the painting to have idealization of nature,an element in Romanticism. Cubism was also incorporated to expertly transport the viewer into the point of view of the artist in his dream.