Self Portrait

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  • Provenance

    Private Collection, Asia
    Acquired from the above by the present owner

  • Catalogue Essay

    With a practice that has allowed international writers, art historians, artists and critics to express their deep appreciation of his great achievements as a ‘master of fine art’, Indonesian painter Affandi’s long embrace of self-portraiture is relatively unparalleled in art history. Stretching from his early experimentations in the 1930s to the final years of his life, the present lot, executed in 1975, is an exemplary of the artist’s wisened approach. As a leeway to self-documentation akin to Rembrandt and Van Gogh, Affandi’s self-portraits allowed for him to record his own psychical and psychological evolution, thus reflecting upon his own individual existence.

    Rendered in his token energetic style, the present work depicts the artist at a later stage of his life, capturing the elderly man with a pensive expression and a pipe between his lips. With a particular melancholic touch to it, this abstract self-portrait of Indonesia’s most important expressionist is a striking example of the artist’s ability to transfer emotion onto the canvas. Composed of swirling textured lines of oil applied with a vibrant colour palette, Self-Portrait exudes a raw energy that engages the viewer beyond the artist’s appearance alone, as if his soul has been imprinted into the work. The emotional intensity captured in the painting conforms to Affandi’s personal philosophy that his art was a genuine expression of humanity.

    Affandi was a towering figure in the Indonesian art world for more than half a century. Well received by famous art critics nearly everywhere he went, he painted and exhibited in several parts of the world during his life, including India, Japan, Egypt, the UK, France and the US. The self-taught artist was also the recipient of numerous awards, and his celebrated works have found their places in various private collections globally.

  • Catalogue Essay

    憑藉其創作,讓國際上的作家、藝術史學家、藝術家和評論家都對他作為一名「藝術大師」的偉大成就深表欽佩,印尼畫家阿凡迪(Affandi)長期以來對自畫像的全身投入在藝術史上可謂無人能及。跨越其在1930年代的早期實驗性創作到他人生的晚年,本拍品,創作於1975年,是展現藝術家創作上成熟的典範。類似林布蘭和梵谷的自我紀錄,阿凡迪的自畫像使他能夠對自己身體和心理的演變去做紀錄,由此去反思他個人的自身存在。

    以象徵性的充滿活力之風格來呈現,該作品描繪了藝術家人生的後期,捕捉了一位唇間含著一隻煙斗、神情憂思的老者形象。帶著尤為憂鬱的氛圍,這幅近抽象的自畫像,是印尼最重要的表現主義藝術家在用畫布呈現情感上的能力之動人典範。通過將色彩鮮麗的油彩在布面構造出漩渦狀的線條肌理,《自畫像》滲透著一種原始能量,能讓觀者感受到超越藝術家外表形象之外,彷彿看到他的靈魂烙印在其作品之中。畫中所捕捉到的情感激烈程度與阿凡迪的個人哲學相一致,即他的藝術是對人性的真實展現。

    在過去半個多世紀裡,阿凡迪都是印尼藝術世界中的傑出人物。他所到之處無不受到著名藝術評論家的讚譽,他一生中曾在世界多處繪畫和展覽,包括印度、日本、埃及、英國、法國和美國。這位自學成才的藝術家還曾獲得無數獎項,他的傑出作品亦在全球各個私人藏家的收藏中擁有一席之地。

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Property from a Private Southeast Asian Collection

Affandi

Self Portrait

1975
signed with the artist's monogram and dated 'A 1975' lower centre
oil on canvas
91.5 x 86 cm. (36 x 33 7/8 in.)
Painted in 1975.

Estimate
HK$550,000 - 700,000 
€63,800-81,100
$70,500-89,700

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Danielle So
Associate Specialist, Head of Day Sale

20th Century & Contemporary Art & Design Day Sale

Hong Kong Auction 25 November 2019