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Lot 53

Estimate: 1'400 GBP   |   Starting price: 950 GBP ---
Kampong view Central Java, 1954
(Yokohama, Japan 1888 – Magelang, Indonesia 1959)

Kampong view Central Java, 1954
Oil on canvas: 65 x 100 cm

Signed and dated “K. Mori Kinsen 1954” on the lower right corner.

Provenance: Acquired directly from the artist before 1975.

Mori Kinsen was born in 1888 in Yokohama, Japan. Aspiring to study art in France, he boarded a ship to Europe in 1913. However, because of the outbreak of World War I, his ship was stopped in Java, and he decided to settle there.
During World War II Mori was forced to serve the Japanese Occupation Army as a translator and obliged to move to Japan. After the end of the conflict, he submitted a special plea to President Sukarno, who received art lessons by Mori during his youth, to allow him to come back to Java. The President himself collected paintings by Mori, most of them depicting the tropical landscape in his typical Barbizon-style. He died in Magelang, Indonesia, in 1959.

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