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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.

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
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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 - Looking At Kedah Point From Penang Beach

Yong Mun Sen - Looking At Kedah Point From Penang Beach

Original 1946
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Lot number: 320
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Yong Mun Sen (Malaysian, 1896-1962) Looking at Kedah Point from Penang Beach signed and dated 'Mun Sen 1946' (lower left) oil on canvas 100 x 138 cm. (39 3/8 x 54 3/8 in.) Painted in 1946
Acquired directly from the artist by Dr. Hoy Mun Soo (Dr. H.M. Soo) Thence by descent to the present owner
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