From our Southeast Asia Collection, a fine original Burmese watercolor of a solitary young monk at prayer. From memory we think the scene depicts one of the many alcoves at the massive Ananda Temple complex in Pagan, though in all candor we cannot be entirely certain. In any event, it is a stirring and highly evocative portrayal which in its simplicity, captures a deep and genuine sense of reverence and serenity. Much of this comes from something as subtle yet masterful as the artist's depiction of the young monk's posture and affect, something which evokes a true feeling of surrender and respect to a higher power. Unlike much of the tourist-level artwork there that tends to "overdo it" in its cloying depictions of ubiquitous monks in saffron robes, we feel this is a meritorious piece that has something to it. Ordinarily, we are not big fans of watercolor as an artistic medium in general, but when we stumble across a well-executed example, it is immediately recognizable to us. A fine addition to any collection of contemporary Southeast Asian art.
Size and Condition: Framed dimensions are 30 inches tall, 25 inches wide. Perfect condition. Signed lower right hand corner.