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Celebrated for his idiosyncratic, unorthodox style and bold subject matter, Affandi was perhaps Southeast Asia’s foremost expressionist painter of the mid-20th century. Before teaching himself to paint at the age of 27, he worked as a teacher and box office clerk. He was inspired by the aesthetic shifts that swept the art world during and after the Second World War and turned to painting to capture the poignancy and richness of an Indonesia taking its first halting steps into the modern era. Besides embodying this ideal of honest representation in his own work, he also founded the organization Lembaga Pelukis Rakyat (The People’s Painters Association) to encourage Indonesian artists to strive for authenticity—rather than rehearsed reverence—in their depictions of the human experience. His determination to depict life honestly rather than romantically set him apart from the aesthetics of Mooi Indie and Pita-Maha, and he became known for painting unglamorous but fascinating scenes from daily life that held up a mirror for the turbulent society in which he actually lived, not an idealized, imaginary Indonesia. AFFANDI, DOGS FIGHTING, OIL ON CANVAS, SIGNED AND DATED 1964. ESTIMATE HK$ 1,200,000-2,500,000/US$ 155,000-323,000.
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