"Chiayi Park (1)", 1937
"Chiayi Park (1)" was painted by the artist after he returned to Taiwan from Shanghai in 1937. The piece was originally named after the pond in the painting as "Biantian Pond". In the center of the pond, flame trees stand tall like umbrellas, enfolding the entire scene in the image. The curving and extending branches are as lively as moving limbs, expressing a flourishing vitality. It is originally a plant from the tropics, but instead of the crimson tropical vibrancy, neat patterns formed by lines in the Chinese ink painting style adorn the scene. Muscovy ducks, swans and red-crowned cranes symbolize different cultural elements, but they have been incorporated in a fantastical whimsy in a corner of the pond in Chiayi park, to create the artist's ideal landscape.