Stylistically distinguishable, Boats is an energetic piece from the artist’s idiosyncratic opus. Affandi’s signature use of bold, colored lines delineate the canvas with chaotic harmony, as energetic swaths of impasto reveal thinner, finer streaks that touch and intertwine to generate a sense of organic movement and flow throughout the image. Dynamic and intense, Affandi lends from a wide spectrum of vibrant colors to portray the liveliness of the seascape; this clashing of hues hallmarks Affandi’s boundless freedom of style, as he melds the elements of sky, sea and land together with spontaneous streaks of white overtones, blues, reds, greens and yellows. With just his fingers, wrists and palms, Affandi squeezes paint directly onto the canvas and manipulates the undulating bands of color to form tactile, three dimensional impastos, lending the work flashing moments of intensity and movement. Affandi’s eclectic yet deliberate use of texture allows him to channel his immense energy and emotion to the scenery, as he re-imagines the vibrant colors and ever-changing seascapes of his bucolic childhood, endowing this present lot with personal tokens of symbolism. At a time when Indonesia was taking its first pivotal steps into an era of modernism, Affandi turned to the medium of paint to commemorate the richness of Indonesia, capturing moments in time that moved him profoundly. Affandi’s painstaking dedication to expressionism is ubiquitous in his expansive oeuvre, and Boats is a stunning illustration of the spiritual mores and transcendental sceneries of Indonesia.
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