Y Ba Nyan 1897-1945 Myanmar (Burmese), Hongyibyan
Y Ba Nyan 1897-1945 Myanmar (Burmese), Hongyibyan. 13.75 x 20 ins., (35 x 51 cms.), Watercolour, Signed, Titled verso. The picture is in excellent condition with no fading, which is unusual for its age. It has spent much of its life in a shut house and recently in a blanket. It was framed by Thacker Spink and Co. in Calcutta, the original frame is still in good condition.
Provenance: The grandfather of the vendor's relation, David Hendry, was a cultivated man living in Calcutta in the thirties and early forties. He worked for ICI developing agriculture in India and Burma which necessitated several trips to Burma. He was a man of some influence, as well being a member of the assembly in Calcutta representing the European party. He left India in 1943/44, but died soon afterwards in 1945 from Yellow Fever. The painting has passed down to the family and finally the current vendor.
Ba Nyan is probably Myanmar's most important painter. He trained at the Royal College of Art in England 1921-1925 returning to Myanmar (Burma) full of enthusiasm propagating the western techniques in art. He returned to the UK in 1929 and worked with two fantastic teachers Frank Brangwyn and William Rothenstein. When he returned to Myanmar his reputation soared and had many successful sales and exhibitions. Nyam's influence was considerable among the young artists of Myanmar (Burma). We are fortunate indeed to have a painting of this calibre.
Auction Date: December 2019