B. Kelantan, 1934 – 2018
Signed “Khalil Ibrahim” on lower left
Oil on board
35 x 45 cm
Provenance Private Collection, Kuala Lumpur
RM 18,000 – RM 40,000
The setting of “Sunset” is as its title suggests, when the sun dips low and the milieu becomes somber, soft orange hue paints the sky against a mountain at the horizon. At the foreground, a breathtaking scenery of tall, mighty trees encapsulates a lake and takes centre stage. It doesn’t take a discerning eye to notice the minutiae in this work such as the leaves of the trees, the clouds in the sky and the clarity of the lake that mirrors the greenery that surround it. The 1950’s was when Khalil produced bounteous landscape works similar to that of “Sunset” in terms of craft and scenery. These include the “Pahang Series”, “Landscape Series” and “Sunrise”, all produced in 1957. Khalil’s landscapes were his Eden and it can be observed that he was not concerned with any specific object or subject in his vast landscape which was how he liked it and wanted to depict.