WOMEN - Museum of Fine Arts and Ceramics, Jakarta

Lee Man Fong was a Chinese-born Indonesian painter. His distinctive elegant depictions of Balinese people focused on capturing his subjects during their work and while engaging in cultural traditions. Fong’s work fuses qualities of traditional Chinese ink painting with narrative and compositional qualities reminiscent of 17th-century Dutch genre-scene paintings. Born on November 14, 1913 in Guangzhou, China, his family moved to Singapore before relocating to Jakarta in 1930, where Fong worked for a Dutch printing company as a young man. He went on to be included in painting exhibitions put on by the Dutch East Indies Association in Batavia in Jakarta—which usually only exhibited the work of white Dutch artists. In 1949, Fong received a Malino scholarship on the recommendation of the Dutch Viceroy Hubertus van Mook to study art in the Netherlands for three years, something which had a profound impact on his career and aesthetic development. Today, Fong’s works are in the collections of the Oei Hong Djien Museum in Magelang, Indonesia and the National Gallery Singapore. He died on April 3, 1988 in Jakarta, Indonesia.

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