Jauk Manis Dancer

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  • Provenance

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

  • Catalogue Essay

    A dynamic and vigorous composition, Jauk Manis Dancer is a compelling example of the impulsive nature of Indonesian artist Affandi’s expressionist style. Through the artist’s signature ‘squeeze technique’, the subject is animated through spontaneous writhing strokes. Painting on-site and with a fast tempo in order not to lose momentum, Affandi eliminated the use of the brush and applied paint directly to the canvas to spread with his fingers. The vivid textures formed of contrasting colours, as seen in Jauk Manis Dancer, intermix to create highly energetic scenes that illustrate life with a sense of brilliant emotional clarity.

    In his practice, Affandi was allured by the pursuit of depicting the everyday quotidian of Indonesian culture, people, and its landscapes. As dance is an ancient tradition deeply rooted in the religious and artistic expression among the people of Bali, Affandi revisited the motif numerous times during his sojourns to the island. The Jauk dance, as depicted in the present lot, portrays the tale of a king of giants from the ancient kingdom, exploring the world through a dynamic performance. With bulging eyes and an eerie smile, a performer donning a black mask would represent a more fearsome giant. In stark contrast, a white mask, as seen in the present lot, represented a much gentler giant who would charm the audience with a welcoming grin. In both versions of the performance, masked dancers must convey emotion and character through gestures alone. The chaotic nature of the present lot’s composition thus reflects the lively subject that is portrayed.

    Painted at a later stage of the artist’s life, Jauk Manis Dancer is also exemplary of Affandi’s matured artistic vocabulary that received frequent praise from international art critics nearly everywhere he went, including John Berger who proclaimed Affandi to be a “painter of genius.” (John Berger, ‘A Painter of Genius’, The New Statesman and Nation, 31 May 1952). In addition to exhibiting internationally and receiving numerous international awards throughout his career, Affandi’s practice has been widely published, confirming his position within the lexicon of art history as Indonesia’s most respected modern master painter.

  • Catalogue Essay

    構圖形象生動,充滿張力,《巴厘面具舞者》是展示藝術家阿凡迪充滿直覺的表現主義風格的絶佳典範。通過藝術家標誌性的「擠壓技巧」,扭動自如的筆觸使畫中的人物躍然紙上。為了不失當時的情境勢頭,阿凡迪以快速的節奏在現場直接作畫,並且摒棄了畫筆,用手指將顏料直接塗抹至畫布之上。正如我們在《巴厘面具舞者》中所看到的,色彩的對比所形成的生動肌理,相互混合,營造出充滿活力的場景,以透徹的情感衝擊對生命之寫照。

    在其創作中,阿凡迪著迷於描繪印尼的文化、人物,以及自然風光中的日常生活。由於舞蹈是深深植根於巴厘島人民用於宗教儀式和藝術表現形式上的古老傳統,阿凡迪在島上逗留期間不斷回視這一主題。賈克(Jauk)舞,如本拍品中所展現的,描繪了一個來自古老王國的巨人國王之傳說,通過動感的表演來探索世界。怒目圓睜、滿臉獰笑,戴著黑色面具的表演者展示了一個更為驚悚的巨人。形成鮮明對比的是,在本拍品中所展示的白色面具,代表了一個溫和許多的巨人,用他熱情的笑容吸引著觀眾。在兩個版本的表演中,賈克舞者必須僅通過姿勢來傳遞情感和人物性格。本件拍品中的混沌構圖反映了藝術家對該主題的生動描繪。

    畫於藝術家的晚年,《巴厘面具舞者》也是阿凡迪的成熟藝術語彙的典範,其藝術語彙在國際上所到之處無不廣受讚譽,包括約翰・伯格將阿凡迪稱為「天才畫家。」(約翰・伯格,《天才畫家》,《新政治家與國家》,1952年5月31日)。除了在他的職業生涯中舉辦過國際性展覽和獲得無數國際獎項之外,阿凡迪的創作也被廣泛出版發行,證明了他作為最受尊崇印尼現代繪畫大師在藝術史上的地位。

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Property from a Private Southeast Asian Collection

Affandi

Jauk Manis Dancer

1979
signed with the artist's monogram and dated 'A 1979' lower centre
oil on canvas
140 x 115 cm. (55 1/8 x 45 1/4 in.)
Painted in 1979.

Estimate
HK$650,000 - 900,000 
€75,300-104,000
$83,300-115,000

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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