• Fine Chinese Modern Paintings auction at Christies

    Sale 2727

    Fine Chinese Modern Paintings

    29 November 2009, Hong Kong

  • Lot 567

    XU BEIHONG (1895-1953)

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    XU BEIHONG (1895-1953)
    Riding on a Donkey
    Scroll, mounted and framed, ink and colour on paper
    46.7 x 43.2 cm. (18 3/8 x 17 in.)
    Inscribed with a poem and signed, with four seals of the artist
    Dated autumn, gengwu year (1930)
    Dedicated to Renzhou (Foo Yin Chiew)

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    Rosalind Foo nee Wong was born in Canton, China, and grew up in Singapore. From 1930 to 1933, she studied fine arts at the Chelsea School of Art and the Slade School of Fine Arts in London. Courses taken at the Slade included European art history, drawing and painting, and stage and furniture design. Rosalind continued to pursue her interests in all these subjects throughout her long life. In 1939, Rosalind married Foo Yin Chiew of Ipoh whom she had met in Britain where he had been studying at Oxford and Middle Temple. During World War II, they evacuated to India where Rosalind worked for the American Red Cross as a volunteer. After the War, they moved back to Ipoh to enable her husband to take care of his family's tin-mining interests. Rosalind then concentrated on raising their children and on social work, particularly in making family planning available to all strata of Malaysian society and in championing women's rights. She also continued her interest in the arts and befriended local artists, as well as those from China and Taiwan traveling through Malaysia, whom she entertained at her home in Ipoh and at the Foo family holiday bungalow in the hill resort of Cameron Highlands. Her collection included works by Xu Beihong, Yang Shanshen, six of which to be sold in the auction of Fine Chinese Modern Paintings, and Chen Wen Hsi. Chen's work is included in the auction of Southeast Asian Modern and Contemporary Art, Lot 1160, to be sold on 30 November, 2009.

    Saleroom Notice

    Please note that the format of this painting should be hanging scroll instead of scroll, mounted and framed as stated in the catalogue.