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U San Win
BAGAN
Estimate
200,000300,000
LOT SOLD. 237,500 HKD
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261
U San Win
BAGAN
Estimate
200,000300,000
LOT SOLD. 237,500 HKD
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

Modern and Contemporary Southeast Asian Art – Day Sale

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U San Win
1905-1981
BAGAN
Signed and dated 79
Oil on canvas
40 by 79 cm; 15 3/4  by 31 1/4  in.
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Catalogue Note

U San Win plays a significant role in Burmese art history as the first Myanmarese painter to embrace impressionism among the members of the early Rangoon School. Educated first under Martin Ward, the president of the Burma Art Club, San Win was later granted government sponsorship to study art at Goldsmiths College in London and Columbia University in America. He eventually returned to Myanmar in the mid-1950s, where he became the deputy minister of art education and was awarded the Wunna Kyaw Htin, the highest civil service honour in the land.

Bagan presents an alluring vision of the ancient city of Bagan in Mandalay, once the seat of the mighty Pagan Empire. The painting’s inclusion of historical monuments like the splendid white-and-gold Thatbyinnyu Temple and the twin stupas of Shwegugyi Temple—both built in the 12th century-- pays tribute to Myanmar’s rich history. The painting exemplifies San Win’s particular brand of Burmese impressionism characterised by subtle brushwork hinting at the blurring of outlines and features. San Win also utilises his signature palette of rust reds and honeyed browns mixed with earthy tones of brown and green, which contrast brilliantly against the bright skies and vibrant pink, yellow, and blue of the crowd’s longyis. Visually pleasing in its elegant composition, this work highlights San Win’s ability to play off architectural forms against human figures as well as his formidable skill in lighting and shade.

Modern and Contemporary Southeast Asian Art – Day Sale

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Hong Kong