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A fantastic and sensitively painted oil portrait of an elderly lady casually having a smoke. Set within a dark background, the figure is particularly striking. She sits relaxed with her legs crossed as she takes a puff, but her mind is elsewhere. Despite painting in an impressionist style with loose and visible brushwork, the artist has skilfully captured the age of the lady and the hardship she has probably endured, particularly in her face and hair.
This painting is reminiscent of the artworks by Singaporean impressionist artist Tay Boon Bin, who in the 1950s and 60s often depicted working class people in everyday situations, alive with the vigour and dignity with which his subjects endured their daily hardships.
This striking and weighty portrait in oil is housed in a gilded wood frame with a linen slip and a gilded inner window. It is in very good vintage condition.
Size: 63 x 53cm (including frame)
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