Lot 21
Indonesian Art Sale 2017
Willem van der Does (1889-1966)

View of Hock Lam Street, Singapore

signed lower right. and inscribed on the reverse 'Hok Lam Str. Singapore'

oil on canvas, laid down on board, unframed, 45x60 cm

Willem van der Does came to Indonesia in 1918 as a civil servant to survey the country. In this function he travelled all over the archipelago. The artist participated in several group exhibitions in Jakarta, Medan and Surabaya between 1918 and 1938. He returned to The Netherlands in 1946 where he settled in Zeist. During his extensive travels he also visited Singapore as is illustrated in the present lot. The painting shows a street scene in Hock Lam Street in the 1920-1930s, famous for its Hock Lam beef noodles. On both sides of the street are rows of shophouses with clothes on bamboo poles hanging out from the windows of the upper floors. Outside the shops are street hawkers selling food, fruit and other goods. In the central distance the tower of the Central Fire Station. In the seventies and eighties Hock Lam Street was redeveloped and Funan Centre was built over the site in 1985.

Sources: Litt. Haks&Maris, Lexicon of Foreign Artists Who Visualized Indonesia, p. 74. Utrecht 1995. Website National Archives of Singapore

€ 2.000,00
€ 2.000,00
€ 2.000,00

Hamerprijs: € 2.000