Lee Man Fong (1913-1988), Young Woman, oil on canvas, framed
Lot 5364
Lee Man Fong (Indonesian-Chinese, 1913-1988) Young Fisherwoman
US$ 25,000 - 40,000
£15,000 - 24,000
Auction Details
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Lot Details
Indian, Himalayan, and Southeast Asian Art

Property from Various Owners
Lee Man Fong (Indonesian-Chinese, 1913-1988)
Young Fisherwoman
Oil on canvas, framed; depicting in the foreground a young woman wearing a large woven hat and showing across her chest the crossed ties of a bundle carried on her back, with the sails of a few junk boats visible in the distance, signed L. Fong at the lower left.
23 1/2 x 17 1/2in (59.7 x 44.5cm) sight

Footnotes

  • Provenance:
    private collection, southern California

    Famed Indonesian-Chinese painter Lee Man Fong was one of the most important twentieth century artists of Southeast Asia. Having studied first with a Lingnan painter and then with a teacher of western oil painting in Singapore, Lee was further able to explore western painting when he studied in Holland in the late 1940s to early 1950s. His unique blending of eastern and western painting techniques and sensitivities earned him many admirers both during his lifetime and after.
    The current lot depicts a young woman from a Chinese fishing family. The wide woven straw hat is typical of the type worn by fishermen in southern China to protect them from harsh sunlight. Although undated, this painting is likely an early work, perhaps reminiscent of his childhood days in his birthplace of Guangzhou, China, or of his formative years studying painting in Singapore. Lee's powerful strokes using a palette knife to highlight the texture of the young woman's clothing contrast with his smooth handling of paint to describe her luminous face. The artist's keen observation of his subject, as well as the realities of her everyday life, clearly shows in this sensitive portrait.
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