Lot 24 | Auction XXXII

LOT 24

LOT 24


B. China 1906 – 1991


Signed with seal on upper right

Ink and colour on paper

44.5 x 32.5 cm


Private Collection, Singapore

SOLD RM 23,000


Chen Wen Hsi was adept at both traditional Chinese ink and Western oil painting. His Western-style works in the early 1950’s were realistic depictions infused with postimpressionistic and expressionistic elements. He experimented with various styles and techniques ranging from Fauvism to Cubism as well as acrylic, viscous paints and sand on canvas. His art evolved over time and transformed from simplified forms and strong colours to cubism, and later abstraction.

In this masterpiece, Chen Wen Hsi illustrates his abstract mastery using ink and colour on paper in a more vibrant manner through his interpretation of a flock of ducks in its natural state of habitation. You can see a more Western influence in the painting in comparison to his other graceful works. Nevertheless, his depiction of the ducks is proof of his exquisite multi-technique talent.