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Lot 55

Estimate: 9'250 GBP   |   Starting price: 7'500 GBP Price realized: 9'375 GBP
(Guangzhou, China 1913 – Jakarta 1988)

Oil on wood: 80 x 40 cm

Seal on the lower right corner.

Provenance: acquired before 1975.

Lee Man Fong was born in Guangzhou (Canton) in 1913. As a child he went with his family to Singapore, where he lived until 1932 when he moved to Indonesia, at that time in a dramatic politic situation. In 1942 he was jailed because of his opposition to Japanese occupation of Indonesia. However his artistic talent helped him to gain freedom.
At the end of War World II, his paintings gained a great success also in Europe, where he extensively travelled. In 1952 he returned to Jakarta, where he founded with the help of President Sukarno and Basuki Abdullah, the official palace painter, the Yin Hua, an organization of Chinese painters based in Lokasari Street in Jakarta. The relationship with Sukarno improved until the President appointed Lee Man Fong as presidential painter. He died in Jakarta in 1988.

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