Lot 55 | Auction XIV

LOT 55

(B. Terengganu, 1939-2000)

Portrait of a Native Lady, 1970

Signed and dated “M.ZAIN 70” on lower right
Oil on canvas
69 x 55 cm

Private Collection, Kuala Lumpur

SOLD – RM 9,520

M. Zain Idris was known for his kampung sceneries and fisherman villages depiction, but this time it is a mesmerizing portrait of an equally hypnotizing woman dressed in traditional costume. Employing Romanticism in this piece, as there is a blend of a little bit of mystery, some elusiveness and some fantasy. There is a sincere and admiring atmosphere, and perhaps it is the artist’s own feelings and mood that was captured as well. The soft and feminine features and overall beauty of the woman is definitely awe-inspiring, but combined with M. Zain’s own elements and personality, it becomes a rich, exquisite painting. After all, a portrait is more than just a painting, as a true portrait is fuller and richer than simply an image on a flat surface.