Lot 58 | Auction XXXIII




B. Seremban, 1941

Schwalmerin, 1962

Woodblock print on paper, Artist’s Proof

24 x 18 cm

Provenance Private Collection, Kuala Lumpur

RM 4,000 – RM 8,000


Abdul Latiff Mohidin is an artist that likes to invent his own rules to create new things. The Schwalmerin (1962) depicts a figure going about the day in woodblock print on paper. The piece illustrates a vague background of an old traditional setting and its rough texture in sight as well as the hue of browns exude a raw presence holistically. Despite its rawness in atmosphere, it still has a sense of sophistication and its subtle details retain its immaculacy.

Latiff was born in 1941, and is as well-known a poet as an artist as well. He was trained in art at Hochschule fur Bildende Kunste in Germany, Atelier La Courriere in France and Pratt Graphic Centre in America. Among the honours and awards he has received are the Salon Malaysia’s 1968 second prize in Graphic Design and the Malaysian Literary Awards for four years in a row, the National Literary Award in 1984 and 1986 and the Southeast Asian Writers Award in 1984 for writing.