Post Van Gogh Series
When Dr. T.F. Chen was 14 years old, he was so touched by Vincent van Gogh that he decided to go to Paris and become an artist in the future. In 1963, he got a scholarship from the French Government to study in Paris. He stayed in Paris for 12 years, earned Ph.D. in modern art history form the Sorbonne while studying at the School of Fine-arts in Paris for seven years. Nevertheless Van Gogh is his everlasting tutor and source of inspiration. So in 1990 on the occasion of Centennial Commemoration of the death of Van Gogh, Dr. Chen decided to attribute 100 paintings related to and inspired by Vincent van Gogh as “Post-van Gogh series” to commemorate him. The first of the series is “Vincent Coming Home” which is so loved that it appeared in the “Mythology of Vincent van Gogh” with opened double page. But the most significant part is “Visiting van Gogh” in sequence. When Van Gogh was in Arles, he dreamt to have a kind of artist club “l’Atelier du Midi”, yet due to his poverty, only Gauguin came. Dr. Chen regards the dream meaningful and practicable, so he invited, through his assumptive scenarios of Neo-Iconography, more than one dozen of masters to join the club, including Picasso, Matisse, Braque, Cezanne, Miro, Bonnard, Modigliani, Chagall, and Andy Warhol etc. Such paintings represent the impact of Van Gogh in the art history.
Dr. Chen’s “Post-van Gogh series” is shown in New York City, Amsterdam and in Taiwan for an art tour to 18 cultural centers and Taipei Fine Arts Museum which is visited by the President Lee of the nation. This series is well-narrated by Professor Thomas McEvilley and Dr. Jan Hulsker who regarded Dr. Chen as “Reborn Van Gogh”.
- 梵高揮別艾菲爾鐵塔 《意象來源》 梵谷：『鳥鴉滿天飛的麥田（1890） 『奧斐的教堂』（1890） 除了艾菲爾鐵塔外，梵谷的形像構成了這幅動人心魄的作品，是陳錦芳紀念鐵塔百年的系列中一幅具份量的力作。 這幅畫組合了三個意象：歐斐的教堂，烏鴉飛滿天的麥田，以及艾菲爾鐵塔。 梵 谷的原作裡麥田佔了三分之二的畫面，而烏鴉滿天飛。深藍的天空零亂可怕，不管麥田上閃耀著陽光。陳錦芳作品上的麥田佔不到一半的畫面，天空視野擴大。他的 天空也有旋轉的雲，看來像是收割後大風中的麥草綑。那廣闊的天空戲劇性地襯托出那兩個法國的象徵形像：右邊是鄉下的教堂，左邊是現代土木工程的奇葩。 這兩個象徵形像符合陳錦芳的哲學意涵。教堂所代表的跟他早期作品中的佛像，月中詩人，以及其他東方形像所代表的合拍：即人的精神及（東方）直覺的象徵，而相反地鐵塔代表了科學的、實利的、物質的層面：西方文化的縮影。在這裡是東西方的整合。