In Chinese language artwork circle, each time folks point out the identify of the artist, Chen Yifei, the picture of the watery area in South will spring to thoughts instantly. Chen’s works together with Historic Bridge (1983), The place I performed as a Little one (1984), The Quiet Canal (1985), depict the eye-catching surroundings of the south of Yangtze River. Taking a look at these panorama work, we are able to really feel the deepest tranquility which is fascinating and intoxicating. Beneath this otherworldly silence, an environment of exoticism and jap mysticism will come up spontaneously. Based mostly on westerners’ creativeness, understanding and demand of the East, the watery area in South in Chen’s work is subjective and romanticized. That is the standard function of Orientalism, which permits western folks to take a look on the historic, mysterious and peaceable jap world. It’s an jap world that’s utterly totally different from the West and that westerners are capable of comprehend and picture.
The Jiangnan panorama in Chen’s work exhibits viewers a solemn spirituality, with none female delicacy. Via acutely coping with gentle, this unbelievable spirituality is expressed exquisitely. Chen Yifei absorbed Rembrandt’s method in coping with gentle. In his work, he used refined abilities of frosting and delicate strokes to unfold early morning hours in late autumn. The dim gentle of the morning solar breaks by way of skinny mist and turns into complicate and imprecise. Early morning is probably the most silent second in a day. The Quiet Canal exhibits the tranquility of the watery area, in distinction to busy and bustle scene — small wood boats are shuttling within the canal. The surroundings is evocative and delightful. On both facet of the canal lie hovels, constructed of mud bricks, which set this lengthy canal off fantastically. The artist tried to scale back complexity into simplicity. Scattered hovels with black tiles and white partitions type rhythmically horizontal, vertical and indirect strains, which current aesthetic feeling of strains. There are two timber beside the boat. One in every of them misplaced all leaves, leaving solely branches naked, which exhibits romantic scene of late autumn. Nevertheless, there are a number of crimson leaves on the opposite tree. Arc-shaped branches add a way of movement to the entire scene. Combining gentle strains with darkish coloration brings viewers spectacular visible impact. Moreover, it touches folks’s coronary heart, refreshes folks’s thoughts and enchant folks in tranquility.