Sotheby’s July 2020 Spring auction features masterpieces with impeccable provenance commissioned by or gifted to close friends of the artists. Works by Adrien-Jean Le Mayeur De Merprès, Anita Magsaysay-Ho, Hendra Gunawan, and S. Sudjojono are included in these lots.
Sotheby’s Hong Kong Modern and Contemporary Southeast Asian Art Spring 2020 Sales Series, scheduled on 8-9 July, will be led by an exceptional painting by Adrien-Jean Le Mayeur de Merprèsthat has never been seen in the market. Balinese Women in the Garden will make its auction debut after its acquisition by a close friend of the artist, and has remained in the original private collection for decades. Other highlights with impeccable provenance include Filipino artist Anita Magsaysay-Ho and Indonesia painter Hendra Gunawan.
A particular piece of interest is Anita Magsaysay-Ho’s “Washing of the Feet.” It is a singularly powerful masterpiece by the leading female voice of the Thirteen Moderns in the Philippines. This superlative work is the only composition of this iconic subject matter painted by the artist. Striking for its radical composition and powerful message, the painting hails from exceptional provenance as it was composed as a gift to Vice President Emmanuel Pelaez in 1959. In this heartfelt depiction of an iconic biblical scene of Jesus washing the feet of the disciples, Anita expresses admiration for humble, hardworking Filipinos and at the same time captures the lofty ideal that leaders are first servants of the people and not of their own ambitions.
Kim Chuan Mok, Sotheby’s Head of Southeast Asian Art, says, “This season, we are thrilled to present a selection of highly significant masterpieces by top artists from across the region, many of which are commissioned works gifted to or acquired by close friends of the artists. From Le Mayeur to Magsaysay-Ho, these works have fascinating background stories and truly speak to the richness and complexities of what Southeast Asia has to offer.”
- 5-8 July – Exhibition dates: Hall 1, Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre
- 8 July – Modern & Contemporary Southeast Asian Art Evening Sale
- 9 July – Modern & Contemporary Southeast Asian Art Day Sale
Works of Filipino artists included in the Sotheby’s Modern and Contemporary Southeast Asian Art Spring sale: