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Images of Children in Modern Art in Taiwan: Public Messages Concealed in Private Depictions

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This chapter examines the works that depict an extremely intimate scene, children at play. It extracts the public messages concealed in the depictions of children in modern art from Taiwan. It also examines closely the choice of themes, the historical background, the garments worn by the children, and the settings in which they play. The chapter briefly reviews depictions of children in Taiwan prior to the Second Sino-Japanese War of 1937 to 1945, and attempts to provide a detailed analysis of their distinctive features. The chapter provides an overview of works including children produced between 1937 and 1945. These are divided into three categories: children at work, mothers and children, and children in groups. There is only one work of modern art produced in Taiwan that clearly points to the painter's profession while depicting a happy family as Family of N does: Chen Cheng-po's My Family.

Keywords: Chen Cheng-po's My Family; children at work; Second Sino-Japanese War; Taiwan



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