Lot #360, Lim Kwie Bing, Gunung Kawi Bali
|Lot #127, Lim Wasim, Pendet Dancer|
(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
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.
Lim Kwie Bing, Gadis Bali
Lee Man Fong, Budai
Liem Tjoe Ing, Kuda #1
Liem Tjoe Ing, Kuda #2
Adam Lay, Goldfish
Huang Fong, The Power of Spirit
Tatang Kuntjoro, By the Riverside
Anton Huang, Sketsa Pasar
Liem Tjoe Ing, Nelayan
Liem Tjoe Ing, Lumbung
Lim Kwie Bing, Temple Ceremony