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Yong Mun Sen

(1896 -  1962 )
SEN Yong Mun Weaving

Henry Butcher /Nov 9, 2014
3,617.33 - 6,028.89
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Yong Mun Sen - Untitled

Yong Mun Sen - Untitled

Original 1952
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Lot number: 49
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YONG MUN SEN b. Sarawak 1896 - d. Penang, 1962 UNTITLED , 1952 Signed and dated ‘MUN SEN 1952’’’’ (lower left) Watercolour on paper 44cm x 58cm PROVENANCE Private Collection, Penang. ESTIMATE RM 12,000 - RM 15,000 Yong Mun Sen’’’’s most creative and productive years was between 1946 and 1955, when he brilliantly captured the everyday heroes of farmers, fishermen, blacksmiths and rubber tappers in their glorious and honest beauty. This piece dated 1952 depicts the tranquil seascape with his quick brushstrokes exemplified in the coconut palm leaves by the beach. His swift and confident brushwork is a result of his understanding of both Chinese ink painting and Western Impressionism. After witnessing a Japanese artist painting in his family’’’’s coconut and pepper plantation, Yong Mun Sen (born Yong Yen Lang) became inspired to become a painter. He changed his name to Yong Mun Sen in 1922, two years after settling in Penang. He had established a photography studio named Tai Woon / Wei Guan Art Studio in 1922 and renamed it Mun Sen studio in 1930 which then became a favourite meeting place for fellow artist-friends namely Tay Hooi Keat, Kuo Ju Ping, Khaw Sia, Lee Cheng Yong, Abdullah Ariff and other pioneering Malaysian artists. He co-founded the Penang Chinese Art Club in 1935 and was elected vice president. He initiated the formation of Singapore Chinese Art Club the same year. Posthumous memorial exhibitions were honoured to him in Singapore (1966), Galeri 11, Kuala Lumpur (1966), the National Art Gallery, Kuala Lumpur (1972) and the Penang State Art Gallery (PSAG, 1972). Dubbed ‘The Father of Malaysian Art’’’’ by many, Yong Mun Sen has left behind a remnant of history for the present and future art enthusiasts to remember him by. The great Xu Bei-hong (1895 - 1953) described Mun Sen as “the most outstanding figure in Malaysian art and one of the few top artists in the tropics.” REFERENCE Yong Mun Sen Retrospective, Dr. Tan Chee Khuan , The Penang State Art Gallery, 1999. Social Responsibility in Art Criticism , Dr. Tan Chee Khuan, 1998.
Yong Mun Sen - Rushing Water In Jagged Rocks

Yong Mun Sen - Rushing Water In Jagged Rocks

Original 1951
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Lot number: 29
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YONG MUN SEN b. Sarawak, 1896 - d. Penang, 1962 RUSHING WATER IN JAGGED ROCKS , 1951 Signed and dated 'MUNSEN 1951' (lower left) Watercolour on paper 63cm x 49cm PROVENANCE Private collection, Penang. EXHIBITED Yong Mun Sen Retrospective 1999, Penang Museum and Art Gallery, 1999; illustrated on page 66. Rushing Water in Jagged Rocks presents a scenic dynamic stream of flowing water amidst a rocky environment. The structured composition effectively portrays a harmonious balance between light and shade rendered in subtle warm hues combined with an economy of brushstrokes. The artist captures with deft the complex angular planes of stones, instilling rhythm and movement which bestows upon the stones a majestic and contemplative quality. After witnessing a Japanese artist painting in his family’’’’s coconut and pepper plantation, Yong Mun Sen (born Yong Yen Lang) became inspired to become a painter. He changed his name to Yong Mun Sen in 1922, two years after settling in Penang. He had established a photography studio named Tai Woon / Wei Guan Art Studio in 1922 and renamed it Mun Sen studio in 1930 which then became a favourite meeting place for fellow artist-friends namely Tay Hooi Keat, KuoJu Ping, Khaw Sia, Lee Cheng Yong, Abdullah Ariff and other pioneering Malaysian artists. He co-founded the Penang Chinese Art Club in 1935 and was elected vice president. He initiated the formation of Singapore Chinese Art Club the same year. Posthumous memorial exhibitions were honoured to him in Singapore (1966), Galeri 11, Kuala Lumpur (1966), the National Art Gallery, Kuala Lumpur (1972) and the Penang State Art Gallery (PSAG, 1972). Dubbed ‘The Father of Malaysian Art’’’’ by many, Yong Mun Sen has left behind a remnant of history for the present and future art enthusiasts to remember him by. The great Xu Bei-hong (1895 - 1953) described Mun Sen as “the most outstanding figure in Malaysian art and one of the few top artists in the tropics.”
Yong Mun Sen - Portrait Of Nyonya Lady

Yong Mun Sen - Portrait Of Nyonya Lady

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Lot number: 25
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Lot 25: YONG MUN SEN (b. 1896 - d. 1962), Portrait of Nyonya Lady, c.1930s, hand painted photograph Description: Featuring at HBArt auction for the very first time is a medium rarely seen in public by the watercolour and oil maestro Yong Mun Sen. Portrait of a Nyonya Lady is a hand painted photograph captured at the artist's photography studio which was established in 1922. More than 7 decades later, Penang Museum and Art Gallery honoured the 'Father of Malaysian Art' with a posthumous Retrospective exhibition in 1999. Its guest curator, Dr. Tan Chong Guan wrote in the exhibition catalogue about Yong Mun Sen's profession not only as a painter but also as a photographer in an essay titled The Life of Yong Mun Sen: "Photography was relatively new in Penang at the time. Mun Sen picked up the art of photography and saw its commercial potential. In 1922, he invested in expensive photographic equipment and set up Tai Koon Art Studio in Chulia Street, probably the first photographic studio in Penang. The studio was popularly patronised for studio photographs. In those days, enlarged photographs needed a lot of delicate touching up and Mun Sen's artistic skills aided him greatly. More importantly the studio served to display Mun Sen's paintings for public viewing. There was no doubt that Mun Sen's true love was in painting. The photo studio merely served as an income earner so that he could be free to paint." Based on this account, the portrait on offer is a historical testament to Yong Mun Sen's profession as an accomplished commercial photographer, capturing images of wealthy Peranakan clients such as this lady as shown by her jewelries. After witnessing a Japanese artist painting in his family's coconut and pepper plantation, Yong Mun Sen (born Yong Yen Lang) became inspired to become a painter. He changed his name to Yong Mun Sen in 1922, two years after settling in Penang. He had established a photography studio named Tai Woon / Wei Guan Art Studio in 1922 and renamed it Mun Sen studio in 1930 which then became a favourite meeting place for fellow artist-friends namely Tay Hooi Keat, Kuo Ju Ping, Khaw Sia, Lee Cheng Yong, Abdullah Ariff and other pioneering Malaysian artists. He co-founded the Penang Chinese Art Club in 1935 and was elected vice president. He initiated the formation of Singapore Chinese Art Club the same year. Posthumous memorial exhibitions were honoured to him in Singapore (1966), Galeri 11, Kuala Lumpur (1966), the National Art Gallery, Kuala Lumpur (1972) and the Penang State Art Gallery (PSAG, 1972). Dubbed 'The Father of Malaysian Art' by many, Yong Mun Sen has left behind a remnant of history for the present and future art enthusiasts to remember him by. The great Xu Bei-hong (1895 - 1953) described Mun Sen as "the most outstanding figure in Malaysian art and one of the few top artists in the tropics." REFERENCE Yong Mun Sen, Retrospective 1999 , Penang Museum and Art Gallery, 1999. Private collection, Selangor 26cm x 19cm YONG MUN SEN hand painted photograph Undated
Yong Mun Sen - Weaving

Yong Mun Sen - Weaving

Original 1948
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Lot number: 24
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YONG MUN SEN b. Sarawak, 1896 - d. Penang, 1962 WEAVING , 1948 Signed and dated 'MUNSEN 48' (lower left) Charcoal on paper 50cm x 72cm Private Collection, Penang. Yong Mun Sen Retrospective 1999 , Penang State Art Gallery, 1999, illlustrated on exhibition catalogue page 39. Renowned for creating Nanyang style visual illustrations which entails the amalgamation of both Eastern and Western painting techniques and the adoption of local landscape as subject matter, Yong Mun Sen implements his knowledge in both manners in producing most of his fishermen scenes, coastal and village panoramas, labourers at work and more in mediums such as watercolour, oil and charcoal. Presented here is a sketch of a scene of two women engrossed in the act of songket weaving executed in the latter medium. A woman figure is seated on a bench with her back facing the viewer unaware that she is being observed while the other is seated on the ground, her facial expression displays a sense of enthused motivation. The songket is a brocaded textile in silk or cotton fabric intricately weaved with metallic thread. Originated from Indonesia, the fabric is widely used till this day throughout Southeast Asia. Its tedious and complicated weaving process requires skilled craftspeople to work speedily in order to achieve the desired results. After witnessing a Japanese artist painting in his family’’’’s coconut and pepper plantation, Yong Mun Sen (born Yong Yen Lang) became inspired to become a painter. He changed his name to Yong Mun Sen in 1922, two years after settling in Penang. He had established a photography studio named Tai Woon / Wei Guan Art Studio in 1922 and renamed it Mun Sen studio in 1930 which then became a favourite meeting place for fellow artistfriends namely Tay Hooi Keat, Kuo Ju Ping, Khaw Sia, Lee Cheng Yong, Abdullah Ariff and other pioneering Malaysian artists. He co-founded the Penang Chinese Art Club in 1935 and was elected vice president. He initiated the formation of Singapore Chinese Art Club the same year. Posthumous memorial exhibitions were honoured to him in Singapore (1966), Galeri 11, Kuala Lumpur (1966), the National Art Gallery, Kuala Lumpur (1972) and the Penang State Art Gallery (PSAG, 1972). In 1999, the PSAG organised a retrospective exhibition where Boats through the Nets was displayed. Dubbed ‘The Father of Malaysian Art’’’’ by many, Yong Mun Sen has left behind a remnant of history for the present and future art enthusiasts to remember him by. The great Xu Bei-hong (1895 - 1953) described Mun Sen as “the most outstanding figure in Malaysian art and one of the few top artists in the tropics.”
Yong Mun Sen - Hilly Coastal Scene With Fisherman

Yong Mun Sen - Hilly Coastal Scene With Fisherman

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Lot number: 29
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Lot 029 YONG MUN SEN b. Sarawak, 1886 - d. Penang, 1962 HILLY COASTAL SCENE WITH FISHERMAN IN ROWING BOAT , 1948 Signed and dated ‘MUN SEN 1948’’’’ (lower left) Oil on canvas 54cm x 64cm PROVENANCE Private Collection, Penang; acquired through Christie’’’’s Southeast Asian Paintings sale, Singapore, 26 March 1995, lot 609. From 1946 to 1955, Yong Mun Sen chose as his protagonists; farmers, fishermen, blacksmiths and rubber tappers. In these depictions he transforms these characters into everyday heroes, worthy for their hardworking attitude and upright lifestyle. Illustrated in oil on canvas, this is an exemplary piece of a lone fisherman in his boat, moored at the shore. Set in dusk, the sky is filled with the awe inspiring colours of the rising and setting of the sun. Reflections from the hills in the background as well as the fisherman and his boats appear in the water, fusing in multi-hued splendour. It is an exquisite rendering of nature and the artist’’’’s contemplation of man’’’’s place in it. In 1910, after witnessing a Japanese watercolour artist at work in his family’’’’s plantation, coupled with the set of watercolours given by his Dutch neighbour, Yong Mun Sen started experimenting with the medium and eventually became one of its greatest exponents. Later in Singapore, he continued sketching and painting whenever possible, making friends with artists like famed Singaporean watercolour painter Lim Cheng Hoe along the way, who was an ardent admirer of his work. When Mun Sen moved to Penang in 1920, he instantaneously fell in love with the tropical island. His studio along Penang Road was a favourite meeting place for fellow artist friends including Tay Hooi Keat, Kuo Ju Ping, Khaw Sia, Lee Cheng Yong, Abdullah Ariff and other pioneering Malaysian artists. This group was later formed as the Penang Chinese Art Club in 1935. The 1946 to 1955 period was Mun Sen’’’’s most creative and productive years, where he brilliantly captured the everyday heroes of farmers, fishermen, blacksmiths and rubber tappers in their glorious and honest beauty. Artist Lee Joo For described it best: “Very few artists in the world’’’’s wide expanse can be found during the time of Mun Sen and before and even after, who can manifest the same combination of speed, economy and dexterity with his calligraphic brush in capturing the glories of nature as this humble man. With a spirit of daring and original self-expression, Mun Sen can be confidently considered as one of those precious artists who most influenced the birth and growth of modern and contemporary Malaysian art.” The great Xu Bei-hong (1895-1953) described Mun Sen as “the most outstanding figure in Malaysian art and one of the few top artists in the tropics.” He co-founded the Penang Chinese Art Club in 1935 (president, 1937) and was a vice-president of the Singapore Society of Chinese Artists in 1936. He was given Memorial exhibitions in Singapore (1966), Galeri 11, Kuala Lumpur (1966), the National Art Gallery, Kuala Lumpur (1972) and the Penang State Art Gallery (PSAG, 1972). In 1999, the PSAG presented him a retrospective. Dubbed ‘The Father of Malaysian Art’’’’ by many, Yong Mun Sen’’’’s struggles as the country’’’’s first full-time artist and also an activist to boot, with influences spreading to Singapore and China, are the stuff of legends. REFERENCE Yong Mun Sen Retrospective , Penang State Art Gallery, 1999. Pioneers of Malaysian Art , The Art Gallery, Penang, 1994.
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