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Lot 064

TAN CHOON GHEE
b. Penang, 1930 - d. 2010

BY THE SHORE, 1950

Signed and dated 'TAN CHOON GHEE 1950' (lower left)
Oil on board
26.5cm x 37.5cm

PROVENANCE
Private Collection,Penang.


ESTIMATE  RM 10,000 - 16,000

PRICE REALISED RM 11,200

Represented here is a rare and early oil painting by Tan Choon Ghee dated 1950. The coastline moors two junk ships with rolled mainsails. Two men are seen in front of a boat one of whom is obscured by the boat’s shadow. A stepladder placed next to the same boat indicates perhaps goods are either being loaded onto or unloaded from the boat. In a book titled A Brief History of Malayan Art (1963) by Marco Hsu (translated by Dr. Lai Chee Kien), the author wrote highly of Tan’s work of art: “He is without doubt a capable artist for his landscapes and portraits are expressive of the atmosphere and are refreshingly delicate and his exceptional talent can be discerned from his terse but enigmatic works”, a remark that aptly describes this piece.


REFERENCE
Tan Choon Ghee Retrospective (1957-1992), Penang State Art Gallery, 2000.