(American, born China 1945)
Watertown II, 1987
Oil on canvas
Courtesy of the artist
When I was a child, I lived in the countryside town of Sanlin, outside of
Shanghai. I crossed the Huangpu River on a ferry and rode a steam train
between the city and the county. My home was near a stone bridge
where I would visit to watch the scenery and boats cross underneath.
Once, I was fishing there with a bamboo basket and a peasant woman
crossed over to me to give me a cake. This simple act became a sweet
memory of mine.
Shanghai has now developed and my hometown exists no more; it has
been absorbed into the city. Rustic houses are now storied buildings
and old railways are subways. The painting here depicts another bridge,
far from modern Shanghai, that recalls the bridge of my childhood. I
found my hometown again – beautiful Watertown.
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