Singaporean artist Lim Tze Peng was committed to the documentation of heritage and history, given that Singapore was undergoing rapid urbanisation in the '80s, and he relentlessly embarked upon painting expeditions to capture scenes of historic areas such as Chinatown and the Singapore River before they were lost forever. In this painting, bumboats that frequented the Singapore River are depicted using bold and defined lines. These boats ferried goods to and fro along the waters for import and export, contributing greatly to the development of trade in Singapore. The washes of blue and grey create a sense of melancholy and nostalgia, that reflects the subject of a rapidly disappearing era.
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