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Lot 26

TEW NAI TONG
b. Selangor, 1936 - d. Kuala Lumpur, 2013

IN THE MORNING, 2010

Signed 'NAITONG' (lower right)
Oil on canvas
58cm x 59cm

PROVENANCE
Private Collection, Selangor.


ESTIMATE  RM 8,000 - 10,000
PRICE REALISED  RM 12,320

 

With an artistic career spanning a lifetime, Tew Nai Tong was a revered figurative painter who devoured his art in the style of Nanyang and at the same time distinctively developed his own visual language. A Nai Tong picture is greatly admired for the artist’s rendition of his hallmark themes - the female form in rural settings, depictions of bird cages and kite-flying, scenes from agricultural and trade activities, illustrations of life in Bali, and the like – executed in his signature technique. His stylistic approach entailed female figures and portraits illustrated in the manners influenced by Cubism with women wearing ‘phoenix eyes’ to suggest the beauty and allurement of Asian women, wild brushstrokes echoing Fauvism and a romantic colour palette reflecting the South Seas finished with a coarse texture imbuing the elegance of rusticity.
 

In the Morning illustrates a fisherman on a jetty – identified by his conical hat – selling his daily catch to a fishwife who is depicted pulling the fishnet. Across the picture plane, a row of fish is seen hanging perhaps to dry and to be sold as dried salted fish while in the background, a figure on a boat is illustrated to complete a captivating composition.