By Shanghai artist Yao Youxin 姚有信.
No, I didn’t own this oil painting but I wish I had. I’ve seen many exquisite paintings by Mr Yao – and I wished too I had bought them all – in a number of exhibitions in the 1980s. So far, I've only had four of his paintings, all Chinese scrolls.
I learnt from a fellow newspaper journalist in 1999 that the artist, who had since migrated to the US, was killed in a freak car accident.
The Sari beauty was scanned from an arts catalogue Mr Yao gave me in 1990. Click on it to see a larger image. Some of Mr Yao’s beauties that I own are in the links below.
– Francis Chin