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Yong Mun Sen

(18961962 ) - Watercolours
SEN Yong Mun Landscape

Henry Butcher /Mar 29, 2015
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Some works of Yong Mun Sen

Extracted between 22 works in the catalog of Arcadja
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 - A Tropical Beach

Yong Mun Sen - A Tropical Beach

Original 1951
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Lot number: 317
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YONG MUN SEN (Malaysian, 1896-1962) A Tropical Beach signed 'Mun Sen' in English and Chinese and dated '1951' (lower left) watercolour on paper 60 x 30 cm. (23 1?2 x 11 3?4 in.) Painted in 1951 Private Collection, Malaysia Due to Singapore and Malaya's strategic location at the crossroad of trade between the West and the Far East, the influence of colonial artists and their focus on depicting picturesque, idyllic and pastoral landscapes was felt deeply by Singaporean and Malayan artists of the modern era. The assimilation of Western and Eastern painting methodologies were used by these artists to capture landscapes and sceneries and have contributed immeasurably to the forging of local art history through the medium of watercolour. This season, Christie's is proud to present exceptional watercolour works by five of the most representative Singaporean and Malaysian artists in this medium, epitomizing the Nanyang sensibility in their works. Lim Cheng Hoe is recognized alongside Cheong Soo Pieng, Chen Wen Hsi and Liu Kang as one of the key pioneer artists in Singapore. Noted for his extraordinary talent in art while studying at Raffles Institution, he was guided directly by Richard Walker, then the Arts Superintendent of Singapore schools. Credited for the consolidation of interest in watercolour art in Singapore, he founded the Singapore Watercolour society in 1969. Lim Cheng Hoe's Kampung at Tanah Merah (Lot 315) is a characteristic work of the artist, capturing perfectly the tranquillity and idylle of an old-fashioned village in the eastern part of Singapore, an idealization of the tropical kampung, its communities and lifestyles. Ong Kim Seng, a second-generation member of the Singapore Watercolour Society that Lim Cheng Hoe founded, and its president from 1991 to 2001, is among Singapore's most evocative realist painters. Similarly inspired from his surroundings, Ong Kim Seng's evocative work The Veranda at the Warehouse (Read Bridge) (Lot 314) epitomizes the artist's attention to detail, as well as the unique way he is able to almost still time - transporting the viewers to another era. While the veranda in this painting is a setting for the bustling vibrancy of Singaporean life in the 1980s and 1990s, Ong Kim Seng lends attention to the barber, a dying trade in modernising Singapore, guiding viewers to a throwback into a different era. Another masterful watercolour representation of old Singapore is Tan Choon Ghee's Bustling Chinatown (Lot 316). Tan Choon Ghee, born in 1930, is considered one of the most established artists in Malaysia. Trained in the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (NAFA) in Singapore, his paintings exemplify the vibrancy and liveliness that comes with the use of watercolour as a medium. Bustling Chinatown's oblique lines and the representation of people in action, creating a convivial and lively atmosphere is reminiscent of Singapore in the late 1970s. It would be remiss to speak of Singaporean and Malaysian masters of watercolour if one did not mention Abdullah Ariff - a pioneer of watercolour painting in Malaysia, along with his contemporary, Yong Mun Sen. Christie's is proud to present works by both leading artists this season, with Abdullah Ariff's The Hill Spring, 12th Milestone, Penang (Lot 313) and Yong Mun Sen's A Tropical Beach (Lot 317). A distinct body of works in Ariff's oeuvre revolves around the theme of man as cilivisation against the wild, natural jungle, whereby Man, insolitude or in small groups, attempt to tame the mighty forest. In the present lot, Abdullah Ariff paints a clearing by a river, with the canopy painted in resplendent rainbow colours. Boys frolick by the riverside, a picture of real idyllic charm. Ariff's representation of the three young men is almost a metaphor of the inevitable confluence of civilization and the wild. A Tropical Beach, on the other hand, is a wonderfully illustrative depiction of the tropical beaches of South East Asia. Yong Mun Sen is acknowledged as the father of modern Malaysian painting, and indeed, the highly naturalistic portrayal of the swaying coconut trees enlivens the foreground, while the depiction of the fishermen is indicative of Yong Mun Sen's extraordinary grasp of depth and perspective, while simultaneously conjuring images of a quieter, simpler period in the history of the country.
Yong Mun Sen - Fisherman Beaching His Boat

Yong Mun Sen - Fisherman Beaching His Boat

Original 1948
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Lot number: 1991
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Lot 1991 Yong Mun Sen (Malaysian 1896-1962) watercolour Fisherman beaching his boat signed and dated 1948 14.5 x 22in. Estimate £200-300 A little faded but more notably with extensive damp spotting bleeding through across the entire work but most noticeable in the top right corner, in a plain grey coloured mount and slim ebonised frame. Provenance: private vendor. Shipping to Malaysia we recommend DHL - £177.00 with compensation upto £300 with frame. Without frame DHL - £121.00 with comp up to £300 or Interenational signed for in a tube approxiamately £50 with comp up to £300. Descriptions provided in both printed and on-line catalogue formats do not include condition reports. The absence of a condition statement does not imply that the lot is in perfect condition or completely free from wear and tear, imperfections or the effects of aging. Interested bidders are strongly encouraged to request a condition report on any lots upon which they intend to bid, prior to placing a bid. All transactions are governed by Gorringes Conditions of Sale.
Yong Mun Sen - Landscape

Yong Mun Sen - Landscape

Original 1952
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Lot number: 76
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Lot 76: YONG MUN SEN (b. 1896 - d. 1962), Landscape, 1952, Watercolour on paper Description: A calming landscape illustrating the lushness of nature from a hilltop, this remarkable view is illustrated in soothing colours of green and blue. Yong Mun Sen selects a stunning composition depicting a small town situated amidst the jagged hills and a U-shaped valley in a distance. The artist is able to capture the freshness of the air with this breathtaking view. 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). 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." Signed and dated '1952 MUNSEN' (lower right) Private collection, Selangor 55cm x 75cm YONG MUN SEN Watercolour on paper 1952
Yong Mun Sen - Ploughing The Field

Yong Mun Sen - Ploughing The Field

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Lot number: 368
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YONG MUN SEN (1896-1962) PLOUGHING THE FIELD signed 'Mun Sen' (lower right) watercolour on paper 38 x 55 cm. (15 x 21 5/8 in.)
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