Lot 57 | 12 July 2020



LOT 57


B. Singapore, 1931 – 2019

Mother & Child – Crossing the River, 1965

Signed “K. Kwang 65” on lower right

Oil on board

87 x 59 cm

Provenance Private Collection, Canada

RM 15,000 – RM 25,000

Born in Singapore in 1931, the late Choo Keng Kwang is one of the country’s beloved first-generation artists. His iconic status led to his artworks being commissioned by royalty, dignitaries and governments. The Singapore government had commissioned his paintings as state gifts to foreign dignitaries, with his works presented to the late Egyptian president Anwar Sadat and China’s chairman, Mao Tse-Tung. This particular painting, though dark, exhibits a sense of calmness and love as the mother is seen crossing a river with her child close to her heart while carrying a bag on each hand.