Bonhams’ online-only fine Southeast Asian arts sale – Ritual + Culture Online – will be open for bidding between 3 and 22 April 2020. The sale features more than thirty 20th century paintings, celebrating the diverse cultures and distinctive rituals in Southeast Asian countries including Indonesia, Vietnam and Burma.
Among the highlights is a curated group of paintings depicting the mesmerising beauty of women in Southeast Asia, as well as the crucial roles they play in society. This group of works is led by Hanoi (pictured front)by French artist Alix Aymé, who had travelled in and painted extensively in Asia. The painting features a classic street scene with a Vietnamese mother strolling along a path, her baby nestled by her hips, as the city Hanoi – depicted by Aymé as a verdant sub-tropical paradise – comes into spring. Created in the 1920s during the artist’s first sojourn in Vietnam, Hanoi is one of her earliest paintings and a rare oil-on-panel example to come to the market.
阮忠（Nguyen Trung）和倍珍（Boi Tran）則以當地視角切入，從越南女性的傳統長襖汲取靈感，歌頌其時代傳承的優雅與美德。同樣以女性主題入畫的亦有緬甸現代藝術家餘龍義（U Lun Gywe）之2010年作品《河畔沐浴》，其受印象派的影響在畫中可見一斑。
Through the lens of cultural insiders, Nguyen Trung and Boi Tran both draw inspiration from women wearing the elegant Vietnamese gown, the ao dai, which pays tribute to the beauty and grace of generations of ladies in Vietnam. A similar penchant for the subject is also seen in Burmese modern painter U Lun Gywe, whose Bathing by the Riverside perfectly encapsulates the artist’s impressionist style.
其他焦點拍品包括 | Other highlights of the sale include:
- 出自單一私人收藏之安東尼奧·布蘭科（Antonio Blanco）作品系列。布蘭科是出生於菲律賓的巴厘島藝術家，為西班牙移民的後代。此系列出自藝術家1970年代的好友John Chirgwin，來源有緒，涵蓋多幅人物繪畫，並附帶藝術家為作品而寫之詩詞，揭示布蘭科對「萬神之島」巴厘島作為其第二家鄉的熱情與自豪。
- A private collection of rare-to-market works by Antonio Blanco, a Filipino-born Balinese painter of Spanish descent. Hailing directly from John Chirgwin – both a collector, an art patron and Blanco’s close friend – in the 1970s, the collection comprises the artist’s figurative paintings and exquisite poems, revealing his immense passion and pride for his adopted home of Bali.
- Religion features strongly in Southeast Asian modern art. Affandi‘s Ka’abah and Widayat‘s Adam and Eve In Paradisereflect how religious beliefs in the Indonesian archipelago co-exist in harmony. The two artists both worked and lived in Yogyakarta, Indonesia and celebrated a strong friendship despite differing artistic and religious viewpoints.
BONHAMS ‘RITUAL + CULTURE ONLINE’ FINE SOUTHEAST ASIAN ART SALE
2020.4.3 – 2020.4.20
Monday – Friday 9:00 – 18:00
Suite 2001, One Pacific Place 88 Queensway, Admirality, Hong Kong