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Taiwan in the Eyes of a Western Traveler--John Thomson’s Footprints in Formosa
John Thomson(1837-1921)is regarded as a pioneering photographer in the 19th century. He traveled to Far East, documenting the portraits, landscapes and eastern cultures profoundly through his lens and these photographs have become precious historical records. Although John Thomson only stayed in Taiwan for a few days, the images and notes he left are valuable historical materials for the research into Taiwan in the 1870s.His story could be comparable to Shen Bao-zhen, one of the figures in 「Traveling in Time」Exhibition. They were the travelers who came to Taiwan in the same time period. Through their stories, we can learn how they interpret Formosa in the 19th century.
"Kuo Hsueh-Hu Paintings and Papers" has Released

Kuo Hsueh-Hu (1908-2012), one of Taiwan's first-generation gouache painters, was born in Dadaocheng, Taipei. During Japanese-ruled period, He was renowned as a Toyoga (Japanese painting) painter active in the official art exhibitions at the young age, and also a founding member of painting societies which aimed at promoting the research and creation of Toyoga in Taiwan. After World War II in 1946, Kuo participated in the founding of Taiwan Provincial Fine Arts Exhibition, and sought to get more opportunities for the sale of paintings by exhibitions overseas. From the 1960s onward, He moved to Japan and later to the United States, continuing to seek inspirations through travel sketches and create new works.

As a pioneer of Eastern gouache and the modern art movement in Taiwan, Kuo Hsueh-Hu's life experience and artistic creation are the precious cultural heritages of Taiwan art history. The digital archives of "Kuo Hsueh-Hu Paintings and Papers" is a collaboration between the ITH Archives and Kuo Hsueh-Hu Foundation. This record group is classified into several series of artworks as well as documentary materials, of which series V "Sketch Book" and series IX "Collection of Taiwan Fine Art Exhibition Catalogues" are finished compiling and open online now. Please visit the Taiwan Archival Information System to access "Kuo Hsueh-Hu Paintings and Papers."


 Sketches of Japanese landscape (1967) and peony (1973), painted by Kuo Hsueh-Hu.
(Identifier: T1089_05_0013、T1089_05_0016)

 The cover of The 4th Taiwan Fine Art Exhibition Catalogue (1930) and the page of Kuo Hsueh-Hu’s selected artwork “Festival on South Street.” (Identifier: T1089_09_01_0004)

 The cover of The 5th Futen Catalogue (1942) and the page of Kuo Hsueh-Hu’s selected artwork “Early Spring.”  (Identifier: T1089_09_02_0005)


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