Born in Fujian Province, Liu Kang (1911-2004) received his formal training in Shanghai Academy of Fine Art, where he was exposed to Chinese paintings. In 1928, he went to Paris where he was influenced by art movements such as Fauvism and Post-Impressionism. Not only was he one of Singapore’s pioneer artists, he was also a leading figure in the Society of Chinese Artists and the Singapore Art Society. In 1970, he was awarded the Public Service Star for his contributions in the field of art.The strong collection of studies and preparatory sketches in the SAM collection, spanning across Liu’s artistic oeuvre, gives an insight to his creative process. The subject appears in the same pose in two other works, dated 1948 and 1972. Unlike the first work the dress and shoes in this work are coloured.