b. Indonesia, 1911 - d. 1991
SUNSET IN TANAH LOT, BALI, 1978
Signed and dated 'S. Abdullah 28-7-1978' (lower left)
Mixed media on canvas
50cm x 90cm
Private Collection, Indonesia.
ESTIMATE RM 1,700 - 2,500
PRICE REALISED RM 7,150
|Raden Sudjono Abdullah was born to a very talented artist family. His father, the famous landscape painter Abdullah Suriosubroto was the first Indonesian who graduated from the Academy of Fine Art in Amsterdam, Holland during the Dutch colonial era. His younger brother Basuki Abdullah was also a well known painter with international reputation. It was Sudjono’s father who gave his sons early artistic training, including guidance in exploring style of panoramic painting.
After finishing school, Sudjono worked as a poster maker for several advertisement agencies besides working on painting commissioned by his admirers. Classified as one of Mooi Indies (Beautiful Indonesia – a style that mostly portrays country areas with emphasis on mountains, paddy fields, or seashores) genre painters, most of Sudjono’s works were characterized stylishly by the portrayal of romantic, naturalistic landscape, hazy morning, green mountains, shimmering reflection of sky fondling with the golden sunshine shining above green paddy field or beaches, as depicted in the present lot.
Sudjono Abdullah is undoubtedly recognised for his scenes of Javanese life and culture, and also for his romanticised landscapes or seascapes. In his old age Sudjono settled down in Kertosono, a small town in East Java, and retreated himself from the uproarious art stage in new era.