Chen Cheng Po is a famous painter who lived in Taiwan from the colonial period to Kuomintang’s time. He travelled between Taiwan, Japan and Shanghai. In his works, Chen tries to illustrate the existence of nature and forms by capturing the valuable but transient images. He also believes that art should carry ‘something’.
The author, Li Shu Chu, focuses on Chen's prewar accomplishments and spends many years on collecting and analyzing literature. Through studying art works, she points out that paintings reflects an era, and the painter’s works are closely tied up with time. The book contains a handful of literature, including artist biography, travel records, newspaper clippings, and through reviewing these traces of time and space, it puts forth arguments and new interpretations.