“Chen Zhi-qi Paintings and Papers” is released on TAIS
Chen Zhi-qi (1906-1931) was born at Xizhi, Taipei. While he was studying in Taihoku Normal School, he joined in the painting club which was directed by Ishikawa Kinichirō. As for Chen, this leisure activity opened the door toward his painting career. In 1925, he went to Japan’s Tokyo Art School (Tokyo Bijutsu Gakka) to study Western Painting. During his school time, he achieved high achievements, including selected in art exhibitions of Kohukai (光風會) and Kaizyusya (槐樹社), and selected in the Exhibition of the Imperial Fine Arts Academy for twice. He also took part in every Taiwan Fine Art Exhibition from 1927 and earned the special grade. Because his brilliant painting skill, he even earned the honor of “Non-evaluation (which means his paintings are all master level and need no evaluation to judge the quality)” from the committee of Taiwan Fine Art Exhibition. People praised he is a genius in painting.
Chen Zhi-qi was a passionate person and always held ideal in painting. Although his painting career was only seven years, he threw all his energies into painting. He planned and founded Qixing Painting Forum (七星畫壇) and Chidao Club (赤島社) with his friends, such as Chen Cheng-po, in order to promote fine art education in Taiwan. His contribution is inerasable for the foundation and development of fine art in early Taiwan.
This record group contains private correspondence, paintings and kinds of collections of Chen Zhi-qi and his family. They are classified into seven series: documents and manuscripts, paintings, private correspondence, photographs, postcard collections, scrapbooks and books, and other collections. There are total 137 items, over 2,900 images, in the record group. All the contents are opened for access with completed metadata. We provide free access to the digital images of this record group in Reading Room of Archives, ITH. You can also get the copies here, except the private correspondence series which can only be copies by transcribing.
Please visit “Taiwan Archives Information System” to access “Chen Zhi-qi Paintings and Papers.”
Figure 1. Objects on the Table (1928), it is one of Chen Zhi-qi’s paintings which earned the “Non-evaluation” in the 2nd Taiwan Fine Art Exhibition.
Figure 2. The Scenery of Taiwan was selected in the 9th Exhibition of Imperial Fine Arts Academy (1928). The painting was made as a postcard by the Exhibition, and Chen Zhi-qi bought one as his collection.