Lot 59 | Auction XXXVI


Verso description of the artwork


LOT 59


B. N. Sembilan, 1941

Corn and Basket, 1962

Signed and dated “AL 62” on lower left

Oil on canvas laid on board

70 x 49 cm

Provenance Private Collection, Germany

When Abdul Latiff Mohidin moved into a rented room in Bleibtrestrasse, he found a bunch of withered corn flowers in a rattan basket at a corner next to the cupboard. While the artist earnestly wanted to head to the studio to complete a painting, he was rendered helpless as severe weather conditions didn’t permit him to leave. The only object that he found stimulating to draw in the gloomy room was the yellow, dried-up corn flower. He began examining the subject, subsequently placing them on a table and rearranged the stalks and petals. To emphasise further the faded yellow colour, he places an indigo blue flowerpot bedise the basket. Thus, was his completion of his notion of a Still Leben (Still Life) subject and the birth of “Mais und Korb – Corn and Basket” 1962.