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.In 1952, Liu, together with fellow artists Chen Wen Hsi, Chen Chong Swee and Cheong Soo Pieng, made the historic painting trip to Bali, where they were inspired by the exotic lifestyle and culture of the islanders. The new sights and experiences provided a wealth of subject matter for the artists and here Liu depicts ladies bathing and washing in a river.