Our auction of Indonesian paintings on the 9th of December 2014 contains this painting by Lee Man Fong, 70 x 108 cm.
It is not coincidental that, in the current lot, Lee Man Fong (1913-1988) painted ten fish, of which eight are goldfish. Being of Chinese-Indonesian descent, and having lived in
Furthermore, Lee Man Fong, after being granted a scholarship, had also lived in the
In 1945, he visited
His series of record-breaking panoramic paintings depicting (a quite idyllic)
Light runs through the aquatic plants at the water’s surface, while the vegetation and rocks in the lower part of the painting are more subdued, creating a deep contrast with the fluent, brightly coloured oranges and pinks of the goldfish, that seem to be weightless, floating without a care in the world, as if they are aware of their symbolic meaning.