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Girl Taking a Rest

Oil painting, 162 x 130 cm, 1935

After graduating from Tokyo School of Fine Arts in 1934, Li Mei-shu (1902-1983), a renowned Taiwanese artist, returned to Taiwan. He painted this touching piece in the next year based on a photograph he took. The girl portrayed in the painting is Liu Tseng-mei, the new bride of Li’s nephew. Under Li’s skillful composition, the girl sits leisurely in the corner of a garden with a graceful posture. Her finger rests softly on her lips as if she was lost in deep thought, meandering in the wonderland created by the album of paintings.


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