B. Perak, 1934
Traditional Dance, 1979
Signed and dated “Tan Rahim Zahici 79” on lower right
67 x 51 cm
Provenance Private Collection, Kuala Lumpur
Tan Rahim is known for his impressive experimentation with abstraction in the batik medium. He was largely a self-taught artist, committing himself to painting in the early 1970’s. In this painting, he depicts a traditional dance with his skilful smears and stains, most likely the Joget dance, which is danced in pairs of men and women.