Lee Manfong (Indonesian, 1913-1988) Balinese Spinner
Lot 841
Lee Manfong (Indonesian, 1913-1988) Balinese Spinner
Sold for HK$ 325,000 (US$ 41,864) inc. premium

Lot Details
Lee Manfong (Indonesian, 1913-1988) Balinese Spinner
Lee Manfong (Indonesian, 1913-1988)
Balinese Spinner
Oil on board, framed
Signed Manfong with one seal of the artist
103.5cm x 49cm (40¾in x 19¼in).

Footnotes

  • Provenance: private collection, Singapore

    李曼峰 紡紗女 油彩木板 木框

    款識:曼峰。
    鈐印:曼峰

    來源: 新加坡私人收藏

    Lee Manfong left for the Netherlands in 1946, spending six years there to further his studies. Although heavily influenced by Rembrandt (1606-1669), he succeeded in creating oil paintings in an Oriental style imbued with a strong Southeast Asian flavour. Lee was fond of painting on vertical panels framed in dark-coloured wood, giving his works a special appeal when hung on the wall (see attached image of his exhibition). 'Balinese Spinner' is a good example of the artist's characteristic framing style.

    When Lee Manfong returned to Indonesia from the Netherlands in 1952, he painted many Balinese-themed works. His depictions included vendors selling satay and rojak (a traditional fruit and vegetable salad dish), men leisurely engaged in cockfighting or tajen, bare-breasted women dancing, worshipping the gods and weaving, all in praise of the rich history of Balinese culture in Indonesia.

    For other oil on board works of Balinese spinners, see Siont Teja ed. Lee Man Fong Oil Paintings Volume 2, Art Retreat, Singapore, 2005, pp.52, 54, 56-59, 61, 63-64. Compared with other similarly themed works, this coloured rendering of a Balinese spinner is more refined; the facial expression of the figure is more dignified and elegant. The work conveys feelings of poetry and romance that capture our imagination.

    李曼峰於1946年赴荷蘭留學,在當地生活六年之久,受到林布蘭特(1606-1669)的影響很深,但他卻能夠畫出令人耳目一新的「東方風格」油畫,並傳達深沈的南洋色彩。李曼峰喜愛在垂直長條狀的硬板上作畫,之後架上深色木框,挂在牆上十分別緻(見其個展附圖)。此幅〈紡紗女〉正是畫家典型裝裱風格。

    1952年,李曼峰從荷蘭返回印尼後,描繪了許多峇里島風情的畫作。他筆下的攤販賣著沙爹和涼拌雜果(俗稱囉惹),男人閒抱鬥雞,女人袒露雙乳跳舞、祭神、織布,都歌頌著印尼歷史悠久的峇里文化。

    其他類似「紡紗女」題材的油彩木板畫作,可參考鄭添祥編,《李曼峰油畫選集II》,好藏之美術館,新加坡,2005年,頁52、54、56-59、61、63-64。此幅〈紡紗女〉,較其他同樣題材的作品,敷色更為細膩柔美,人物神態更為端莊典雅,畫中並藴藏著一股扣人心弦的詩意與浪漫。

    Captions 附圖說明
    Lee Man Fong's exhibition in Holland in 1949
    李曼峰於1949年在荷蘭的個展
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