Lot 43| Auction XXII

LOT 43

B. N. Sembilan, 1949

Interior With Red Painting

Signed “Taj” on lower right Stamped with artist’s seal on lower left

Inscribed “128/150 Interior with Red Painting” in pencil on lower edge of paper

Print on paper

33 x 33 cm

Private Collection, Kuala Lumpur

RM 563.60

As an artist trained in Interior Architecture, Dato’ Tajuddin Ismail certainly knows what difference the balance between form, colour and space will make to a masterpiece.

Tajuddin’s works are systematically executed, with precision and absolute care for neatness. Using heavy blocks of cool colours, a space peeking into the veranda is illustrated here, as a vase bedecked with warm colours sits atop a glass coffee table. There is an ideal contrast colours in this piece, as well as the arrangement of form and lines, making this one
of the magnum opuses right off his Interior Still Life series. The focus of this piece lies on the right side, where a large red painting rests against the wall.