About Lee Man Fong
Lee Man Fong (1913-1988) is born in Canton, China but his family moved to Singapore when he was very young. In Singapore he got painting lessons and when his father died when he was 17, he painted ads to generate income for the family. In 1932 Lee Man Fong went to Jakarta on the island of Java in Indonesia where he worked as a commercial artist and also had an advertising company.
His artwork which combined Chinese and Western style began to get attention and he had exhibitions with his paintings. After 1940 Lee Man Fong decided to work full-time as a painter. He went to Bali for a short time to paint the daily life over there and got a scholarship to study in the Netherlands.
Lee Man Fong became chairman of the Society of Chinese Arts in Indonesia and got a established name as a painter when he became the official painter of Sukarno, the first president of Indonesia. After his work for Sukarno, Lee Man Fong went back to Indonesia where he continued to paint and his paintings sold to collectors and museums. When he became sick he went back to Jakarta and died a couple of years later.
What are paintings of Lee Man Fong worth?
Paintings of Lee Man Fong are highly sought after by collectors from China and collectors of Indonesian art and sometimes you can find his paintings at auctions. On average the price of an Lee Man Fong painting starts around $40-50,000.- but can easily go higher, up to millions. Because Lee Man Fong was travelling a lot and also sold his works on exhibitions, new paintings of him are still being discovered and auctioned. High ranking expats that worked in Indonesia in the 1960s might have bought one of those paintings and brought back home. When you have a painting of Lee Man Fong and are thinking to bring it into auction, look for the international auction houses that have experience with auctioning Lee Man Fong paintings, like the Zeeuws Veilinghuis in the Netherlands.
Lee Man Fong now in auction
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Paintings of Lee Man Fong
These are some of the best examples of the work of Lee Man Fong.
Lot 37: Lee Man Fong (1913-1988) `FluteLee Man Fong (1913-1988) `Flute player on a buffalo and his friend`, signed and dated 1952 upper left in Chinese, board. 99 x 45 cm. Provenance: bought from
Lot 81: Lee Man Fong (1913-1988) `TwoLee Man Fong (1913-1988) `Two carps`, signed and dated 1952 upper right in Chinese, board. Provenance: bought from the artist in the Netherlands. 99 x 45 cm.
Lot 122: Lee Man Fong 1913-1988 Lee Man Fong (1913-1988) `Satay seller, signed l.l., board. 74 x 38 cm. Ca. 1945. Provenance: the father of the current owner worked as ENT doctor in Jakarta /
Lot 80: Lee Man Fong (1913-1988) Lee Man Fong (1913-1988) `Willows and fishermen`, signed and dated 1949 upper left, board. 99 x 34 cm. Provenance: acquired directly from the artist in the
Lee Man Fongauction archive
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