Madam Huang also published a collection of essays in remembrance of her brother, the business man and art collector, Huang Man Shi (黄曼士) (1890 – 1963), also known as Huang Cong (黄琮) or Huang Mun Se. Appointed a member of the Chinese Advisory Board in 1954, Huang Man Shi was one of the most prominent figures of the Chinese community in Singapore. He was also famously known as a close friend of Xu Beihong (1895-1953), who regarded Huang as his benefactor and often referred to him as his “second elder brother”. The book published by his sister includes accounts of Huang’s life written by close friends and features the paintings and artifacts Huang had collected throughout his life.
Following her retirement, Huang Shu Fen actively participated and engaged in East Asian art circles, travelling between Singapore and mainland China to personally visit the artists herself. Like her brother, she developed meaningful friendships with artists and supported their pursuits. Sotheby’s is honored to present a painting by Liu Kang, from Madam Huang’s personal collection – its contents amassed from her various sojourns across Asia. Originating from one of the early pioneers of modern Singaporean art, Liu Kang, the painting is an enigmatic synthesis of Western modernist vernacular and Eastern traditions.
Executed in 1935, this early work presents a captivating fusion of Liu’s French education and Chinese roots, foreshadowing the distinctive Nanyang flavor that would later characterize his oeuvre. The scene is intrinsically idyllic – several Chinese roofed buildings occupy the foreground while lush trees of emerald greens and autumnal red leaves stand against a bright blue sky. The incorporation of the classic Chinese architecture is a nostalgic recollection of the Fujian native’s home country, a rare divergence from the traditional Southeast Asian landscapes that populated his later works. Rendered with the bold fluidity of Liu’s dexterous brushwork, the Eastern setting is outlined in a thick, linear style reminiscent of Gauguin and Matisse. Intense, saturated colors dominate the landscape in broad and repetitive textures, creating a vivid harmony with the Eastern panoramas. An exquisite marriage of diametrically different aesthetic idioms, the work is evocative of Liu’s mastery over the traditions from opposite ends of the spectrum.
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