Eiffel Tower

Eiffel Tower Series

The artist Dr. Chen made his painting by integrating some icons of Taiwanese aborigines with images from photos of aborigines Japanese anthropologists in 1930s to describe one aspect of self-satisfied everyday life of a tribal aborigines in Taiwan. The far-above horizon is the Central Mountain Range with Jade Mount as the pivotal top. The exuberant green valleys underneath are frequently covered by the mist and clouds. The aborigines live harmoniously with the nature, their huts are built of bamboo and thatch. They embrace their traditions. One is morning pray in ritual and expressive dancing and singing, to the Heaven and Earth with universal souls, under eye-sights of relatives in the tribe. They live deep inside the mountain, work and rest according to the Sun and the Moon, presenting a particular aspect of culture in Taiwan.

In 1963 soon arrived in Paris, he visited the Louvre and the Eiffel Tower, the old and the new of Paris's attraction. After 12 years study in Paris, Chen ventured to the USA and discovered he missed Paris, his second homeland. After "Liberty Series" while Chen was busy in introducing his "Neo-Iconography" back to his homeland Taiwan, he was surprised by the coming of Eiffel Tower's Centennial Celebration. Without hesitation, he set up to paint homage to this Icon of technology and industrial Beauty. Indeed, if deprive Eiffel Tower from Paris, Paris will become New York without the Twin Tower after 911 incident. Intended originally to produce also 100 artworks for Eiffel Tower, T. F. Chen was forced to cut in half, as an another important project quickly followed, that of the (1990) Centennial Celebration of van Gogh's death in 1890 which Chen couldn't ignore. Among the 50 artworks of "Eiffel Tower Series" many are done in pastel which were not presented in this website. Chen regrets of not being able to accomplish the 100 tributes to this Icon of Steel, symbol of Belle-Spoque in new dimension. Maybe Chen will take the challenge again and complete the series in full as promised.

- T. F. Chen