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The Portrait of Water Buffalo – A Brief Introduction

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The Portrait of Water Buffalo – A Brief Introduction

The fine art sculptor, Huang Tu Shui was born 3 July 1895 in Mengjia, Taipei City today known as Wanhua. A student at Da Daocheng Elementary School (now Taiping Elementary School), his achievements in his art classes were outstanding, earning him both praise and special guidance from his teachers. Receiving the recommendation of the educational authorities Huang was admitted to study at the Tokyo Fine arts school, upon graduation he continued to pursue advanced studies and became an authority in the world of sculpture. Seeing Huang’s work you know that what lies before eyes is the work of a genius.

October 1922, in a Japanese hosted fine arts exhibition his work Mountain Child Playing Flute was warmly received and he thereon continued to enjoy a good reputation in Japan’s art world. In the same exhibition in 1930, Huang put all his energy into the creation of his Portrait of Water Buffalo embossment, his living quarters were far too small to lay out his work in so he erected a workroom in his backyard. Subsequently, he fell sick from constant overwork and was diagnosed with Peritonitis. Not more than a few days on 26 December Huang later suddenly passed away at just 36 years of age, and many mourned the loss of a great talent.

This embossment is 205cm high and has a breadth of 550cm, its composition whilst exacting, is also majestic, and imposing. It displays a magnificent skill and is clearly one of this generation’s greatest masterpieces. Following his death, his wife Qiu Gui Liao presented this work as a gift to Zhongshan Hall and it has been permanently set into the front wall of Guang-fu Hall for visitors to enjoy.