When was East and Southeast Asia’s Modernism in Art?

Comparisons and intersections

Authored by: Simon Soon

The Modernist World

Print publication date:  June  2015
Online publication date:  June  2015

Print ISBN: 9780415845038
eBook ISBN: 9781315778334
Adobe ISBN: 9781317696162


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Writing about a generation of migrant Chinese painters who had made the British colony of Singapore their new home after the Second World War, art historian Michael Sullivan noted,

these painters are searching for the means to express, in their own way, what they feel about the land and people of Malaya. Their work may sometimes be groping and tentative, but their inspiration lies in Malaya itself, and not in Paris or Peking.

(Sullivan 1956)

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