Pioneers of Balinese Painting
The Collection of Rudolf Bonnet

Paper: 978 90 6832 447 1
Price: $45.00  

Publisher: KIT Publishers
128 pp., 10" x 10"
60 color and 20 b/w illus
· Offers a unique opportunity to discover the most important pioneers of modern Balinese painting
· Abundantly illustrated

The Balinese works of art featured in this catalogue were collected between 1929 and 1958 by the Dutch artist Rudolf Bonnet (1895–1978) while he lived and worked in the Balinese village Ubud. Bonnet befriended the prince of Ubud, Cokorda Gede Agung Sukawati (d. 1978) and lived in the palace grounds in Ubud during his early years on Bali. For centuries the kings of Ubud were the protectors and patrons of architecture, sculpture, painting, dance and music. Ubud was one of the areas renowned for the development of modern Balinese painting from the 1930s.

The works in this catalogue are arranged according to four geographical areas: Tampaksiring (Chapter I), Ubud (Chapters II and III), Batuan (Chapter IV) and Sanur (Chapter V). The specific characteristics, style and content of the works by artists from these towns and villages are examined.

The Leiden University collection of modern Balinese art supplements the permanent exhibition of similar works in the Puri Lukisan Museum in Ubud, which were also selected by Rudolf Bonnet. Both are featured in this book.

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"WIth Spanjaard's text and the related Balinese paintings, one comes to see that elegance appropriately sums up the art. There is a formality, though different from the static formality of Westen art; art an attachement to the culture by a complexity and immediacy of feeling that make peace arbitary and of minor value in expression."
- Henry Berry ,
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