Lot 29 | 28 November 2021

 

 

LOT 29

LEE MAN FONG

B. China, 1913 – 1988

Nude Sketch, (Amsterdam) 1968

Signed and dated “Adam’ 48”

Pastel on paper

63 x 48 cm

Private Collection, Kuala Lumpur

RM 20,000 – RM 38,000

Lee Man Fong was a Chinese-Indonesian painter who had his training in China and Western Europe, and lived most of his life in Indonesia, developing a particular style that amalgamated his teachings with a quiet yet passionate vision. His works are highly coveted by many for the fusion of Chinese brushwork and Western techniques which resulted in richly sentimental yet elegant paintings. A leading painter and curator of his time, the artist pioneered the Nanyang style in the 20th century in Indonesia. This particular work was birthed in Amsterdam by Chinese-Indonesian artist, Lee Man Fong. The artist goes beyond expressing ideals of the female form to regarding beauty through Lee’s eyes. This enigmatic pastel on paper emits an air of enigma and intrigue. One can’t help but wonder Lee’s perspective for this work.