Self-taught artist Lim Tze Peng is one of Singapore’s most prominent artists. His artworks do not adhere to the traditions of Western painting nor Chinese calligraphy. Instead, he adopts different aspects of art forms that appeal to him and, by doing so, envisions creating artworks that are universal.
Lim is an avid traveller who enjoys painting en plein air. In the summer of 2000, he embarked on a two-month residency in Paris and explored the French capital with his paintbrushes in hand. Each day, as he observed the sights and sounds of the city, he captured his observations and experiences by painting. At the end of his residency, he painted over 60 works showcasing the city’s beauty. Out of these works, the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts is honoured to receive 45 paintings as a personal donation by Lim – the largest contribution by an artist to the NAFA collection.
Pont de l'Archevêché is a bridge that crosses the River Seine, linking Île de la Cité to the Left Bank. The foreground draws attention to the activities on River Seine, while the iconic Parisian monuments are illustrated in the far distance. In brighter shades of yellow and green, Lim paints the most famous weeping willow tree in Paris, otherwise known as Saule Pleureur de la Pointe. By illustrating this magnificent tree in curved and sweeping strokes, Lim brings the feeling of a city in motion.