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Brook
S1964-0047-001-0
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Why this is a
Masterpiece

Brook is a complex composition of a Balinese village constituted in descending levels with the meru towers of the village temple at the top, and terraces leading the eye to the stream in the foreground where little figures of bathers and pedestrians bearing baskets on their heads convey the mundane activities of an idyllic village scene.

History of the Object
Born in Amoy, China, Cheong trained at the Amoy Fine Art Academy and the Xinhwa Art Academy, Shanghai. Migrating to Singapore after World War II, he joined the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts and remained on staff until 1961. In 1962, Cheong was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal by the Singapore government for his contributions to Singapore art. In 1967, the National Art Gallery in Kuala Lumpur featured Cheong in the first of its retrospective exhibitions; in 1983, the National Museum Art Gallery, Singapore, also gave him a retrospective exhibition. The painting was made a year after Cheong’s first painting trip to Bali with Chen Wen Hsi, Liu Kang and Chen Chong Swee, in 1952. The four artists spent more than a month in Bali, following which an exhibition was organised in 1953. The trip served to consolidate Bali as an important thematic source for the four and for artists of the Nanyang School.

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Type
Painting 
Materials
Oil on canvas 
Measurements
Width 61 cm Length 79.5 cm  
Creator name
Cheong Soo Pieng 
Creator date
1917, China – 1983, Singapore 
Where it was made
Indonesia; Bali 
Geography
Indonesia 
Time period
AD 20th century ~ AD 20th century 
Creation date
20th Century; 1953 
Function
An artwork 
Acquisition
Donated to University Art Museum by the artist in 1964. 
Copyright
 
Acknowledgements
 
Owner
NUS Museum, NUS Centre For the Arts 
Museum
NUS Museum, NUS Centre For the Arts 
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