From left to right, works by senior painters include Chen Chengbo's 1915 painting "Near the Water Source" and Japanese painter Ozawa Akisari's 1931 "Taipei Landscape", opening up the electrified landscape.

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[Reporter Ling Meixue/Report from Taipei] Electric facilities symbolized the "new trend" during the Japanese occupation period, and became a scene that many painters were keen to depict.

The National Taiwan Museum and the Taiwan Electric Power Company jointly curate the exhibition, with the theme of "Island. Electric Life - The Era of Taiwan Electric Power", introducing the development of civilization in Taiwan after entering the electric power age, and describing the landscape of "electricity" from early painters , and tells the story of electricity on the island from the perspective of ordinary people, presenting the era of Taiwan's power development and land.

"Island·Electrical Life--The Era of Taiwan Electric Power" is curated by Li Jinxian, research assistant of the Education Promotion Group of Taiwan Museum, with the painting "Near the Water Source" by Chen Chengbo, a senior Taiwanese painter, and "Akisei Ozawa", a Japanese painter in the collection of Taiwan Museum. Taipei Scenery> cuts in, borrowing the electric poles, wire interweaving, power plants and other electrical facilities in the painting, the urban visual landscape formed by the stacking of lines and colors, presents people's pursuit of modernization at that time, and the reflection on the changes of traditional landscapes behind urbanization .

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In the early days of the Japanese occupation, Satohara Koto (1887-1965) painted "Twelve Scenes of Famous Paintings in Taipei". Among them, "Sakae Town Street" depicts the prosperous scene of Taipei. Telephone poles and electric wires can also be seen in the painting.

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It is mentioned in the exhibition book that the painter Ozawa Akisei (1886-1954) came to Taiwan in the 1930s to serve as an inspector for Taiwan exhibitions. At the same time, he was commissioned by the Kaohsiung City Hall to draw a series of landscape postcards with Kaohsiung’s urban landscape and modernization as the object. Ozawa He also painted the "Taipei Scenery" series with the theme of the Three-Line Road in Taipei. In the paintings, towering telephone poles and electric wires crossing the sky can be seen.

Electric poles often appear in Chen Chengbo's paintings, and he pays great attention to the details of the electric poles. Although the artist did not clearly explain his motives for painting electric poles and his perception of electrical facilities, scholars in recent years have analyzed Chen Chengbo's paintings and believe that he may have observed Knowing the characteristics of the regular arrangement of the electric poles, it can guide the direction of the picture in composition, and at the same time make the structure of the picture complex and vivid, so that the electric poles appear in his paintings.

The "Governor's Mansion Night View" in "Twelve Views of Famous Paintings in Taipei" by Sato Hara Koto, a Japanese painting, shows the brightly lit appearance at night.

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