The Imprisoned Shah Jahan
Oil on canvas
91 × 72.5 cm
Not long after Shah Jahan build the beautiful Taj Mahal, he was imprisoned by his son in the Jasmin Tower of Agra Fort for nine years till death. Jahan could only see his epic architectural work from across the Juma River, through the window of Jasmin Tower. I have painted my own fantasies of this story, with the stars in the night sky and the portrait of Shah Jahan’s wife to express theShah’s state of despair.
興建美麗的泰姬瑪哈陵(Taj Mahal)的沙賈汗王(Shah Jahan)，在建築完成不久後，被他的兒子囚禁在阿格拉堡(Agra Fort)裡的Jasmin塔九年至老死。Jahan王僅能從Jasmin塔的窗，越過Juma河凝視他的建築傑作，想念他已故的寵妃，度過他的殘年。我畫入我對這段故事種種的幻想，夜空的星星及他的寵妃來表現Jahan王的淒慘心境。