Yang San-lang was born in Wang-xie Township, Taipei Prefecture (now Yun-ho District, New Taipei City) in 1907. Yang San-lang’s father Yang Chung-chuo was a famous gentleman. During Yang’s schooling in Japan, Yang San-lang’s artwork was selected by “Shunyo-Kai Art Exhibition,” later he was recommended to join the association. Yang’s 1927 work The Easter Season was selected by "Taiwan Fine Arts Exhibition" together with prominent painters Li Shih-chiao, Li Mei-shu, Chen Cheng-po, Yan Shuei-long, and Liao Chi-chun. In 1929, his work Still Life won the first place in the "Taiwan Fine Arts Exhibition". Later Yang married HsuYu-yan, the daughter of a prominent family from the Taipei Bridge area whose father was a lifelong friend of Yang’s father. In 1932, Yang’s work The Seine was selected by Salon d’Automne. After returning to Taiwan from France in 1934, Yang cofounded Tai-yang Art Society with seven elites of Taiwanese western style painters including Yan Shuei-long, Li Mei-shu, Li Shih-chiao, Liao Chi-chun, Chen Cheng-po, Chen Ching-fen and Tateishi Tetuomi. In 1945, after Japan lost the war, Yang was recruited as the committee of preparatory for “Taiwan Provincial Fine Arts Exhibition”. Yang lost his hearing at the age 70, yet he still travelled to different countries such as the United States, European countries, and Japan to continue his career as a painter. Yang received Culture Medal from Taiwan’s Executive Yuan in 1992. He died from liver disease at the age of 89 in 1995.
Most of Yang San-lang’s paintings feature themes of landscapes, urban or rural. Besides landscape paintings, Yang’s paintings dwell upon themes such as still life and portraits. Yang’s style was deeply influenced by French impressionist painters Claude Monet and Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot. The color of Yang’s painting is composed of a major hue which is blended by primary colors. The brightness of the colors, the unrestrained lines and strokes, the carefree style and layers and layers of textures all contribute to the incomparable vigor of nature and bring about the stretching tension to the theme. City Life is one of Yang’s cityscape masterpieces. The painting should have been finished around 1932 when Yang was in Europe. Observing from the theme and coloring style, the composition of the painting shows influence from Corot’s style. The placement of figures in the middle right and left front, the impressionistic lights, the blurring, subdued beige milky white hue as well as the thick textures that infuse the impressionism style with an aesthetic atmosphere, all these features present characteristics of a leisure carefree urban lifestyle.
Yang San-lang devoted himself to painting throughout his life. During his studies in Japan in his early years he was deeply influenced by French Impressionism. Because of his background, his studies experience in Japan, and his honor in the “Taiwan Fine Arts Exhibitions,” after returning to Taiwan in 1928, Yang became one of the most outstanding Taiwanese painters rewarded by Japanese government during the occupation. Later Yang established the biggest non official art group, the Tai-yang Art Society, and became the pioneer of Taiwanese art movement which led Taiwanese art to the realm of liberal development. Due to his good relationship with his Japanese teachers, Tai-yang Art Society was supported by the Japanese government as well as the Taiwanese nationalists and thus became the best medium to form a bridge between the Japanese and Taiwanese artistic movements. Its contribution was immeasurable. Throughout his life, Yang San-lang never stop contributing to the Taiwanese art movement, every stage of his life is a culmination of experiences. Because of Yang, even war could not destroy the vitality of the Taiwanese fine art movement. The seed of Taiwanese art was able to germinate, to grow and eventually came to its blossoming.
|English title：||City Life|
|Medium / Classification：||Oil paints and Acrylic colors|
|Life-span：||1907 - 1995|
|Collection Unit：||National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts|
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|Related Exhibition：||Unique Vision Ⅱ：Highlights from the National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts Collection|