Saturday, October 29, 2016

Artworks by Tionghoa (Indonesians of Chinese Descent) Painters (lots #355 - 371)

Lot #360, Lim Kwie Bing, Gunung Kawi Bali

Lot #127, Lim Wasim, Pendet Dancer

Artworks by Tionghoa (Indonesians of Chinese Descent) Painters

(lots #355 - 371)

The Tionghoa (Indonesians of Chinese descent) played an important role in shaping the

history of Indonesian art. As early as 1955, Lee Man Fong already held an exhibition at the

Kolff Bookstore in Batavia and participated in an exhibition that was held by the Dutch

Indies Art Association at Hotel Des Indes the following year.

Lot #358, Lee Man Fong, Bunga Kembang Sepatu

The Indonesian Proclamation of Independence in 1945, was followed the Indonesian

Revolutionary War in 1945-49 and eventually the Dutch recognition of Indonesian

sovereignity at the end of 1949. In 1955, along with other Tionghoa figures and artists, Lee

Man Fong established an organization called Yin Hua Meishu Xiehui (The Organization of

Indonesian Chinese Artists) in Jakarta. They held their first exhibition in January 1956.

Among the names listed as members (other than Lee Man Fong), are Tjio Tek-Djin (whose

portrait by Trubus Soedarsono appears in lot #073 of this auction), and Lim Kwie Bing who

was known to have also chaired the Tsing Feng She and M.M Art Club in Malang. Later on,

Lim Wa Sim also joined Yin Hua.

Lot #355, Lim Wasim, Mencari Kutu

As the definition of national art was never conclusively formulated, the complexity

of the Tionghoa identity (being a mixture or cross section of Indonesian and Chinese),

actually contributed to the diversity of national aesthetics stated Brigitta Isabella, a

researcher who has done research on Yin Hua. Lee Man Fong, for example, often painted

Indonesian subject matter using the hanging scroll format of Chinese landscape painting.

Yet, his European training and aesthetics further complicated and at the same time enrich

the enculturation.

In this auction section we feature the works by several Tionghoa artists, including some

historic works. Liem Kwie Bing's Boy with Kite (lot #369) dates from 1947, while Lee Man

Fong's drawing of a Buddha Figure (lot #357) dates from 1958. Lim Wa Sim's Mencari Kutu

(lot #355), Anton Huang's sketch of a Balinese market scene (lot #364), and Lim Kwie Bing's

intricate renditions of Balinese rituals (lots #370 & 371) all date from the 1960s and '70s).

Lee Man Fong's impressionistic Bunga Kembang Sepatu (lot #358), Liem Tjoe Ing's and From

the 1980s are among others Huang Fong's expressive renditions of horses (lot #359, 360 &

362), Adam Lay's serene painting of gold fish (lot #361), Huang Fong's elegant painting of a

Balinese dancer (lot #365), Liem Tjoe Ing's painting of fishermen by the beach (lot #366).

and his watercolor of reliefs of a Javanese temple (lot #367).

Lot #369, Lim Kwie Bing, Boy and Kite

Lot #365, Huang Fong, Siap Menari (Legong)

Although not grouped in this section, there are a number of other Tionghoa artists whose

works appear here. Among the woman artists, Maria Tjui (whose painting appears in lot

#115), is a Tionghoa artist famous for her expressiveness in her art, and also Ivan Sagito

(whose painting appears in lot #343), was very influential in the development of

Contemporary Indonesian art in the 1980s and 1990s.

Each Indonesian Chinese artist, with their unique cultural paradigms, contributes to the

diversity of Indonesian art.

lot #356, Lim Kwie Bing, Gadis Bali

Lot #357, Lee Man Fong, Budai

Lot #359, Liem Tjoe Ing, Kuda #1

Lot #360, Liem Tjoe Ing, Kuda #2

Lot #361, Adam Lay, Goldfish

Lot #362, Huang Fong, The Power of Spirit

Lot #363, Tatang Kuntjoro, By the Riverside

Lot #364, Anton Huang, Sketsa Pasar

Lot #366, Liem Tjoe Ing, Nelayan

Lot #367, Liem Tjoe Ing, Relief Candi

Lot #368, Liem Tjoe Ing, Lumbung

Lot #371, Lim Kwie Bing, Temple Ceremony

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