For much of the 20th century, Yang San-lang was one of the leading figures in Taiwan’s art world. He was one of those early 20th century painters who established western art as a serious pursuit in Taiwan, and he showed that Taiwanese paining, and especially Taiwanese impressionism could achieve world-class results. Last week we heard from the artist’s son, Daniel Young, about Yang San-lang’s early life- his sneaking off to Japan to study art, his great acclaim back home in Taiwan, and his period soaking in the work of the masters in France. We heard about his father’s triumphs in leading exhibitions of the time, and we also heard how he and his contemporaries set up the Taiyang Fine Art Association in the 1930’s to promote western art in Taiwan.
Yang was deeply committed to his work no matter the circumstances, and this week, we’ll be pushing the clock forward some years and hearing how Yang continued to paint through some of the most turbulent years of Taiwan’s history. Daniel Young, his son, joins us once again this week from the Yang San-lang Museum, where many of his father’s works hang today.