From our Southeast Asia Collection, this is the second offering from our four-part series of Burmese Hyper-Realism Masterpieces executed in charcoal. From a technical perspective, these are some of the most extraordinarily realistic renditions in charcoal that we have ever seen, from any culture and from any time period. The artistic talent reflected in the creation of these works is really nothing short of amazing, especially when considering the inherent limitations of working in charcoal compared to other mediums such as oil.
This particular piece by artist Min Min Nyein is untitled. It depicts an elderly woman with a young infant in a composition that lends itself to several different interpretations. On the surface, it is a somber portrayal: The elderly woman with her teary eyes is palpably sad, and the young infant is portrayed with tattered clothes in an apparent attempt to evoke pathos from the viewer. But knowing Min Min Nyein's other work, we sense there is another more subtle subtext to this piece, perhaps a juxtaposition of the sadness of an old life winding down, with the hope and promise of a young life yet to really start.
Size and Condition: In order to preserve and protect these amazing pieces (charcoals are inherently more "fragile" than oils), we felt it was best to frame them immediately upon acquisition. Buyers may choose to re-frame of course at their own discretion, but we can only sell these framed at this point. Framed dimensions are 24 1/4 inches tall, 18 inches wide. There's a small smudge in the upper right hand corner which we point out mainly for accuracy and completeness, but the piece is essentially perfect.