Description/Chen Cheng-po adored the small town of Tamsui, going there to sketch almost every year between 1934 and 1936. "The best part of Tamsui's landscape is her old buildings rich with history," said Chen in a October 19, 1936 Taiwan Shinmin News interview. "The prime time to paint is after the rain, a couldy day right after a rainy day or when the humidity is high, because her scenery becomes even more stunning with the saturated colors of wet walls and roofs and verdurous leaves." This painting offers a bird's-eye view of traditional Minnan-style tiled houses mingled with Western-style ones. A path begins in the foreground and passes by assorted brick-red houses and buildings, including the famous White House (former residence of Dr. Mackay) and Red House. Staggered layers of houses stand in contrast amongst the vegetation and against the distant Guanyin Mountain. The scenery continues to move as the path meanders toward Tamsui River in the back right in a seemingly jumbled composition that quietly observes a congruous order.
townscapes painting， roof， staffage， historical residence (historical house)， historical building， mountain town， Red House, Tamsui， White House, Tamsui， George Leslie Mackay， Tamsui， Minnan-style tiled house， Western-style building， red-brick building， Guanyin Mountain
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- Yuchun Lin, Oil‧Passion‧Chen Cheng-Po (Taipei City: Lion Art Publishing, 1998), 114-119.
- Suchu Li, Something that Reflects the Era—A Study of Paintings by Chen Cheng-Po ( Taipei City: Art & Collection Group Publishing, 2012), 124-129.
- Chongray Hsiao, “'Painted Rivers—Chen Cheng-Po'; Town of Mountains and Sea—Chen Cheng-Po Danshui Series'” (published on May 25, 2012). Liang Gallery