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Lot 49

ARIE SMIT
b. The Netherlands, 1916

A GIRL LEAVING THE TEMPLE, 2008

Signed and dated (lower left); signed and date on reverse
Acrylic on canvas
42cm x 49cm

PROVENANCE
Private Collection, Indonesia.

Accompanied with certificate from the artist.


ESTIMATE  RM 20,000 - 26,000
PRICE REALISED  RM 20,160



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Born in Zaandam, Holland, in 1916, Arie's love and great admiration for tropical places has brought him far away from his homeland to Bali where he has now lived since 1956. Bali provides perfect setting for his artistic creation. It is Bali with its extraordinary landscape and exotic culture that Arie found what was always missing in his home country: light. His works from the 1960s up to the present testify to his never ending passion and obsession with light and colours. Thus this depiction of various outdoor scenes is a result of his continuous search in capturing and reflecting all kinds of colours on to his canvases.
 

Characterized by the strong, bold lines, and expressionist tones, Arie’s work is spontaneous in nature and subjective in the choice of colours. To create the overall mood of the scene, details are diminished, objects are simplified, and figures are scaled down. Through his work, Arie shares with us his artistic vision and feelings.
 

Award: Dharma Kusuma (Bali, 1992). Collections: Museum Bali (Denpasar, Bali), Penang Museum (Malaysia). Exhibitions: East-West Center (Honolulu, Hawai, 1988), Centre for Strategic and International Studies (Jakarta, 1990, 1996), Neka Art Museum (Ubud, Bali, 1992, 1994 - 1995), Singapore Art Museum (1994), Museum Nasional (Jakarta, 1995), Indonesia-Japan Friendship Festival (Morioka, Tokyo, 1997).