Lot 11 | 28 August 2022




LOT 11


B. Sarawak, 1896 – 1962

Malayan Junk, 1947

Signed and dated “Mun Sen 1947” on lower left

Watercolour on paper

26 x 36 cm

Private Collection, United Kingdom

RM 4,500 – RM 9,000

Born in 1896 in Sarawak, Yong’s forte and heart were landscapes in watercolour. With Western impressionism, complemented by Chinese calligraphy aesthetics, Yong garnered aficionados from the US, Australia and the UK. Yong’s identification of his subjects’ struggles, including  fishermen in seaside villages,  farmers in paddy fields and labourers in plantations took centre stage. His conveyance grants viewers with an immaculate escape, a breath of fresh air or to remind people to break away from the bustling life. It is also evident in his landscape paintings that Yong did not depict the details that made up a landscape, rather, through watercolour, he illustrated fluidity and a carefree rhythm.