Lot 72 | Auction XIX

LOT 72

B. Selangor, 1946

Fisherman’s Wife, 1993

Inscribed “COLOUR PROFF Fisher’s Wife” on bottom of paper

Signed and dated “Thien Shih 1993” on lower right

Etching, Colour Proof Edition 48

28.5 x 38.5 cm

Provenance Private Collection, Selangor

RM 700 – RM 1,200

Captured here in this visually appealing and lovely etching is a picturesque view of a fisherman’s wife. With a cool wash of colours, Long Thien Shih illustrates everything charming about the rustic lifestyle in one piece.

This radiant, peaceful, homey rendition of a fishing village situated at the shore of a beach is brought to life through Long Thien Shih’s expert layering of colours and texture, for which he was known. There is spontaneity in his strokes, a more relaxed approach to his subjects, but the results are incandescent.

The skies above denotes that perhaps twilight was imminent, what with all the boats stationed back where they belong and that it was time to retire for the night, and the fisherman’s wife is taking a stroll about the beach, enjoying the breeze. Long Thien Shih studied art in Atelier 17 and Atelier de Lithographic, Ecole Nationale Superlure des Beaux-Arts, both in Paris.

Thereafter, he studied at the Royal College of Art in London. He has won awards such as the First Prize in the 1961 Young Malayan Artists Competition in Kuala Lumpur and the 1992 Prints Prize in Salon Malaysia and has produced many artworks, using various mediums.