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332
Liu Kang
ISLANDS AND HOUSES ON THE CHINA COAST
Estimate
250,000350,000
LOT SOLD. 312,500 HKD
JUMP TO LOT
332
Liu Kang
ISLANDS AND HOUSES ON THE CHINA COAST
Estimate
250,000350,000
LOT SOLD. 312,500 HKD
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

Modern and Contemporary Southeast Asian Art

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Hong Kong

Liu Kang
1911-2004
ISLANDS AND HOUSES ON THE CHINA COAST
Signed and dated 1936
Oil on board
45 by 53 cm; 17 1/2  by 20 3/4  in. 
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Provenance

Acquired directly from the artist
Private Collection, Singapore 

Catalogue Note

One of the most storied, iconic artists to emerge from Singapore and the Southeast Asian region, Liu Kang was recognized for his mastery of Western artistic idioms, which he used to represent and reimagine scenes in China and Southeast Asia that moved him. This harmony of Western technique and Eastern subject matter laid the foundation for the later development of the Nanyang style, as he pioneered a whole new visual expression. Painted in 1936, Islands and houses on the China Coast is an early work that stands as an evocative example of his studies in this style, blending fresh technical ideas with his lasting fascination for the Chinese panorama.

The work was painted after his return from Paris, whereupon he was appointed as a professor at the Shanghai Academy of Fine Art, famed for its lineage of acclaimed graduates and teachers such as Ding Yan Yong. Studying abroad, Liu had been profoundly influenced by the modernist School of Paris and figures such as Matisse and Cezanne, rapidly picking up the best of their practices. Indeed, this striking piece pays stylistic homage to Cezanne’s Impressionism, featuring bright illuminated colors and short, repetitive brushstrokes that build up to form complex vistas of nature. The work ultimately showcases the vivid pastoral beauty of the country from its fields to the sea, and while Liu framed it through a Western lens, it still retains an enduring Asian spirit.

Modern and Contemporary Southeast Asian Art

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Hong Kong