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Oil painting, 194 x 130 cm, 1948

The painting “Dusk” by the renowned Taiwanese artist, Li Mei-shu (1902-1983), portrays a group of farm women gathering their things after a hard day’s work as the sun sets. It is reminiscent of the famous “Calling in the Gleaners” by the French Realist painter Jules Breton and shows the simple nature of Taiwan’s farm women. With compact composition, dignified posture of the women, quiet atmosphere, and a sense of nostalgia, this painting is considered a rare example of “epic” artwork in the art history of Taiwan.

To learn more about Li Mei-shu, please go to Li Mei-shu, the “Great Wall” of Taiwanese Art Movement

Text and image are provided by The Li Mei-shu Memorial Gallery