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Lot 075

b. Yogyakarta, 1911 – 1991


Signed and dated 'S.ABDULLAH.' lower left
Oil on canvas
90.5cm x 150.5cm

Private collection, Indonesia.

ESTIMATE  RM 4,000 - 6,000

Bali, the Island of Gods, has been the source of inspiration to many artists. It is evident in this sale that a number of the works on offer share the same theme of paying tribute to the island. As Bali is also known as the Land of Offerings, there are many processions and ceremonies that take place in respect of the Hindu culture. One of them is the small offering baskets called canang sari that Balinese offer to their Gods thrice a day.

In this piece, Sudjono Abdullah depicts a scene of flower gatherings to prepare for the ritual. It is a sharing that is not based upon fear, but on gratitude to the richness of life. Offering appeases the spirits and brings prosperity and good health to the family. It is a duty and an honour for the Balinese to maintain a good relationship between the humans and spirits.

Sudjono Abdullah is a Naturalist painter who is also the brother of famous portrait painter Basuki Abdullah, and son of Abdullah Suryosubrato. He had attended the Hollandsch Inlandsche School. He then moved to Salatiga, after a life of hardship and concerns during the Japanese occupation in the area Parangtritis. He was one of the leading landscape painters of his time.