Hailing Lee Man Fong’s legacy, he remains faithful to Chinese painting and strikes a subtle balance between substance and void, light and darkness, bright colors and subdued tones to illustrate themes of his surroundings. Mastering the Eastern and Western painting foundations, Lee explores Bali’s enchanting isles and beautiful women in his subjects. His fascination with the island’s humble Balinese customs, culture and people is richly evident in Bali Life, which also bears the artist’s trademark of sepia tones and meticulous temple silhouettes. Placing his seated lady at the center of the composition, Lee finely projects her as the object of love and desire. This is a typical depiction of village life in Bali, with idealized and captivating arrangements of beautifully posed figures.
Amongst other highlights, important works such as Woman in the Garden Preparing Offerings by Adrien Jean Le Mayeur De Merprès, along with Woman Selling Fruits, a size and medium rarely seen by renowned Indo-Euro artist Willem Dooijewaard. An Elegant Lady Pouring Tea by one of the master of silk paintings, none other than Le Pho. Last but not least, a selection of the finest Contemporary Southeast Asian art. One of them being the most lauded Contemporary Filipino artist, Ronald Ventura. This time Ventura takes us on a journey into a floating Eye Land – mapping the traces of history and identity of the future.
This Spring, Sotheby’s Modern and Contemporary Southeast Asian Paintings has selected the most alluring and stellar collection for the astute.
This Spring, Modern and Contemporary Southeast Asian Paintings commanded a sale total of HK$ 113 million / US$ 14.5 million, more than double of the pre-sale estimate (HK$ 42 million / US$ 5.3 million*), achieving the second highest auction total for this category.
The top lot of the sale, Lee Man Fong’s Balinese-themed modern masterpiece - Bali Life, fetched HK$ 21.4 million / US$ 2.7 million (est. HK$ 3.5 – 5.5 million / US$ 452,000 – 710,000*).