This paper will conduct a field survey on a large amount of illustrative plates—“Chin To-Ha's Illustrative Plate Collection” —collected by the oil painter Chin To-Ha while he was alive, in order to examine concretely the plates' influence on his style of painting. These plate materials are always used to introduce Chin To-Ha's history and his works, but until now such quotations have usually been sporadic and limited to only a few plates, and there have been no introductions of the materials in their entirety or any research regarding the investigation of their sources.
Chin To-Ha's Illustrative Plate Collection is classified into “magazine clippings” (411 items) and “picture postcards” (1,115 items). The former are illustrations clipped out of art magazines, with some plates pasted on color mounts. The latter are mainly hand-drawn postcards sold at exhibitions. These print copies were organized by Chin himself, and it is obvious that they served as reference models for his drawings. Therefore, this paper attempts to find where the printed matter came from, how it was arranged and organized by the painter, and furthermore, what kind of influence they had upon the “self-formation" of Chin's style of painting. Finally, this will be used to consider the interaction between printed culture and art works.