Lee Manfong (Indonesian, 1913-1988) Horse and Groom
Lot 371
Lee Manfong (Indonesian, 1913-1988) Horse and Groom
Sold for HK$ 596,000 (US$ 76,859) inc. premium
Lot Details
Lee Manfong (Indonesian, 1913-1988)
Horse and Groom
Oil on board, framed
Signed Manfong, with two seals of the artist
119.5cm x 23.5cm (47in x 9¼in).


  • Provenance: an Australian private collector, acquired in Jakarta, Indonesia, in 1967

    李曼峰 山崗馴馬 油彩木板 木框



    Lee Man Fong is one of the most important Avant-Grade artist of Southeast Asia. Born in Guangzhou, China, he moved to Singapore at an early age. Subsequently, he resided in Indonesia for over 35 years and was nationalised in 1961.

    During Japanese occupation in the Second World War, he was arrested for sheltering underground agents, from the Republic of China. He resumed painting soon after his release. In 1947, he was commissioned by the Dutch Governor of Indonesia to paint a portrait of his wife. The Governor and his wife were deeply impressed by Lee's work so they made an exception to allow Lee, who was not a native Dutch Indonesian, to study in Holland. Lee completed his studies in 1952 and returned to Indonesia where he staged an exhibition. Afterward, the founding President of Republic of Indonesia, Sukarno, appointed Lee as the designated painter of the Presidential Office. He was also appointed as the Editor in Chief of the Paintings From The Collection of Dr. Sukarno, President of the Republic of Indonesia. In his twilight years, he returned to Singapore and remained there until his demise. He made invaluable contribution to the 'Nanyang Painting Style' in his lifetime.

    Lee's oil paintings style is unique. Many of Lee's oil painting was done on smooth wooden boards with sleek brushstrokes which was light and smooth. He often depicted the life and culture of Bali, Indonesia. He painted a great number of characters and animals with great vivacity. Xu Beihong was highly commemorative of his potential and described Lee in a preface of a book as 'Young, ambitious and most talented'.

    This lot showcased Lee's critically acclaimed 'Oriental Oil Painting Style'. The artist placed the focus on the silhouette of the poised horse and the expression of the young groom wearing a hat, looking backward. The painting merged the oriental and occidental aesthetics and the ambient of life in Southeast Asia. The brushstroke was steady and sensitive. Lee often paints on the similar theme, for example the work 'Up the Slop' painted in Bogor, Indonesia in 1943, 'Taming of the Wild' painted in Amsterdam, Holland in 1947 and 'On the Hillock' painted in Bukit Timah, Singapore in 1967.




    此件〈山崗馴馬〉 拍品,展現李曼峰獲得普遍好評之「東方油畫風格」。 畫家將焦點放在蓄勢待發的馬匹背影和頭頂斗笠馬僮的回眸神情,畫面融合東西方美學和東南亞生活氣息,筆觸穩健細緻,充滿生趣。李曼峰曾多次描繪類似題材,如1943年於印尼茂物創作的〈上山坡〉、1947年於荷蘭阿姆斯特丹繪製的〈馴馬圖〉及1967年於新加坡武吉知馬完成的〈山崗上〉等 。(依序參見《李曼峰畫集》,藝術圖書公司,台北,1984年,頁85、88及121。)
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