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Lot 069

b. Paron, Ngawi, East Java, 1912 – 1987


Signed and dated 'Koempoel 72' lower right
Oil on canvas
39cm x 48.6cm

Private collection, Indonesia.

ESTIMATE  RM 3,000 - 5,000

Koempoel Sujatno’s signature styles include painting flamboyant trees - often painted in the same hues of orange, yellow and red - and ox-carts by the countryside which are depicted in this piece. As with most of his paintings, he developed a technique of using brushes to make successions of coloured surfaces and palette knife or sharpened bamboo tips to create textures.

Koempoel Sujatno was the son of Suroamidjojo and R.R Samilah, whose paternal lineage was traced to the Javanese patriot R.A. Prawirodirdjo. He attended the Hollandsch Inlandsche School in Surabaya where his flair as a painter was discovered by the headmaster, Van Staal. Koempoel had the privilege of being introduced to the Dutch painter Gerard Pieter Adolfs through Van Staal. The encounter fostered a friendship between Koempoel and Adolfs who had taught Koempoel the technical factor of painting. Koempoel attended the Burgelijk Ambacht School to study architecture. In 1932, Koempoel moved to Malang, East Java and met another Dutch painter Willem van der Does who accepted Koempoel as an apprentice. Koempoel’s first solo exhibition was held in 1935. His subject matters vary from ox-carts, paddy rice landscapes, fish, bird and flower markets, food stalls to cockfights and traditional processions.

Koempoel Sujatno the Maestro: Tracing the Old Historical City of Soerabaia 1912-1987, G & G Art Foundation, 2003.