B. Kelantan, 1934 – 2018
Nude Movement, Circa 1980s
Signed “Khalil Ibrahim” on lower right
Acrylic on canvas
38 x 21 cm
Private Collection, Kuala Lumpur
RM 3,000 – RM 7,000
The fascination and affection Khalil Ibrahim has for the nude female body has led him to compose figurative paintings about them. The faces are often left blank or cut off from view, as he brings focus mainly on the exquisiteness of the female body. His subjects’ figures are evidently and constantly heavier, a difference from the ones female forms that he was used to during his years in art school. His rendition of the female body is thick, full-figured and stocky, with his subjects standing in various positions to highlight the differences from that of the male body, the disparities making them even more beautiful.