Lin Fengmian (1900-1991) Coastal Scene
Lot 190
Lin Fengmian (1900-1991)
Coastal Scene
Sold for HK$ 1,750,000 (US$ 223,208) inc. premium

Lot Details
PREVIOUSLY IN THE COLLECTION OF CAPTAIN NEVILLE HALL
內維爾·霍爾機長舊藏
Lot 190
Lin Fengmian (1900-1991) Coastal Scene
Lin Fengmian (1900-1991)
Coastal Scene
Ink and colour on paper, framed
Signed Lin Fengmian, with one seal of the artist
67.5cm x 64cm (26½in x 25¼in).

Footnotes

  • Provenance:
    Previously in the collection of Captain Neville Hall(1926-1995), acquired in Hong Kong in the late 1960s, and thence by descent.


    Captain Hall first arrived in HK around 1949, with the Royal Airforce. He then joined Hong Kong Airways (pre-Cathay Pacific) in 1952 where he stayed until 1959. He then lived in Kuwait followed by Australia, returning to HK in 1966 to fly for Cathay Pacific until 1981. As the most senior captain at Cathay Pacific, Captain Hall was well known and respected in the Hong Kong expat community. The painting was purchased in Hong Kong no later than 1970, and had been hanging in their living room ever since, it appeared in many of the family photos taken in the 1970s.

    林風眠 海景 設色紙本 鏡框

    款識:林風眠。
    鈐印:林風瞑印

    來源:
    國泰航空公司最資深機長內維爾.霍爾(1926-1995)舊藏。一九六〇年代末購自香港,並由其家人繼承珍藏至今。

    霍爾機長一九四九年隨英國皇家空軍抵港,一九五二年加入香港航空公司(即國泰航空前身),服務八年後移居科威特及澳大利亞。一九六六年重返香港,加入國泰航空,直至一九八一年退休。據家人回憶,本幅《海景》入藏時間不會晚於一九七〇年,此後便一直懸掛在寓所客廳,成為許多家人朋友聚會合影照片的背景。

    註:林風眠描寫自然風光題材的作品,與傳統意義上的文人山水迥然不同,是別具一格的林式風景。他自四十年代開始確立了「方形布陣」的形式,五十年代至六十年代,其風景畫進入成熟期,所繪荷塘湖畔、蘆葦飛鶩等,皆已達至爐火純青。一九七七年赴香港定居後,林風眠晚年的風景畫更進一步抽離實景的牽繫,呈現回憶與夢境中的景觀。

    此幅《海景》,取近景式構圖,以豪邁的筆觸,粗曠的線條,以建基於西方油畫的層次和厚重,無聲似有聲的色墨交響,帶出驚濤拍岸的強烈表現性,源源釋放出掩抑不住的生命力。
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