The Little Pastry Chef
This 19th century, Aime Deschamps oil painting in a gold frame is a convincing portrayal of an apprentice's dream-like lifestyle and the artistry of past times. There is no doubt the painter of this world-famous work was influenced by both Western and oriental aesthetics, a china teapot in a bottom corner bears amusing contrast to Western iron and copper ware in a traditional kitchen where the joyous pastry chef personifies The Sherwood's East-meets-West philosophy and true hospitability.
Artwork displayed outside Henry's Bar on the 2/F
Yi-fei Chen and The Chinese Realist School
When the auctioneer hammered his gavel on the evening of May 29, 2010 in Hong Kong, a painting by the Chinese realist Yi-fei Chen was sold for more than 60 million Hong Kong dollars to break the world record for auctioned art. As a matter of fact, a similarly sized painting entitled "Sunset on the Suzhou Canal," also by Chen, has graced The Sherwood Taipei for more than a decade, touching the hearts of millions of globe-trotting travelers. This painting, which faithfully depicting the Suzhou waterfront, is one of Chen's best, an icon of China's realist movement famously inspired by canals, landscapes, historic figures and musicians.
Artwork displayed outside Henry's Bar on the 2F
Flowers never fail to evoke feelings of love and beauty, and so does "Soft Contrasts," a 19th century masterpiece completed by the French painter Alexis Clyde in Strasbourg, France in 1870. In this painting, Clyde combines floral symbols of prosperity — the peony, rose and iris — with a traditional Chinese lady on a porcelain platter, a royal-blue vase, and German silverware for an endless touch of brilliance.
Artwork displayed at the entrance of Yi Yuan on the 2F.