CHUAH THEAN TENG, DATO
B. China, 1914 – 2008
Mother and Child (Durian Seller), 1970’s
Comes with a certificate of authenticity from Yahong Art Gallery, Penang
89 x 61 cm
Private Collection, USA
RM 45,000 – 80,000
Datuk Chuah Thean Teng is a renowned Malaysian artist, known for his striking batik paintings. His “Mother and Child” series is one of his most iconic works, which is characterised by its tender and emotional depiction of the bond between a mother and her child. The series features a variety of compositions, but all of them depict the intimate relationship between a mother and her child in a serene and peaceful setting. The mother is often shown holding her child close, with a look of love and tenderness on her face. The children, on the other hand, are shown with a look of contentment and trust in their mother. In this painting, the mother, who is a durian seller, appears to have her son strapped to her back, while she tends to customers.