Ananda Pagoda is a wonderful example of U San Win's embrace of impressionistic painting techniques while rendering iconic Burmese landscapes with a vivid candidness. Located in Bagan, Myanmar, the Ananda Pagoda was built during the Pagan Dynasty in 1105 AD. This ancient structure stands as a rare example of the country's fusion of on Mon and Indian styles of architecture, and represents the richness of Burmese history.
Among the members of the early Rangoon School, U San Win's style ran counter to his contemporaries who preferred more naturalist techniques of painting. Exemplified in the current work is the artist's subtle brushwork, hinting at the blurring of outlines and features. The Ananda Pagoda towers in the distance, its golden top glistening in the sunlight while the surrounding landscape is bathed in San Win's signature palette of earthy greens, rusty reds and honeyed browns. A proud representation of his country's rich culture and history, U San Win's Ananda Pagoda is a charming masterpiece by one of Myanmar's most significant modern artists.