Lot 35

b. Indonesia, 1932 - d. 1990


Signed and dated 'Rustamadji 1979' (lower right)
Oil on canvas
70cm x 50.5cm

Private Collection, Indonesia.

ESTIMATE  RM 12,000 - 18,000



Illustrated here is an Indonesian street scene depicting a couple of Indonesian women peeling and roasting corn on a makeshift stove. Roasted corn is one of Indonesia’s popular street snacks besides satay and rojak. Rustamadji Surabaya demonstrates his observant nature by portraying a typical vendor stall on canvas executed in a Realist mode of painting. His warm colour palette of brown and sepia tones exudes a nostalgic and romantic sentiment to this eloquently painted piece.

Rustamadji Surabaya painted in the manner of Realism and naturalistic style from the 1940s to the 1960s focusing on themes of daily life and experiences familiar to the people of Indonesia, a subject that reflected feelings of nationalism. His works are egalitarian conveying messages of social, economic and political equality for the people. He often depicts figures, landscapes, and market scenes and dancers. His proficiency in presenting detailed forms, treatment of light and shadow, and setting the mood of a subject is based on his acute observation on the realities of life. In 1946 Rustamadji began painting under the painter S. Sudjojono in Sanggar Indonesia Muda (Young Indonesian Artists Association), Madiun.