Lot 098

b. Indonesia, 1898 - d. The Netherlands, 1968


Signed 'ADOLFS' (lower left)
Oil on canvas
40cm x 30cm

Private Collection, Indonesia.

Gerard Pieter Adolfs 1898-1968: The Painter of Java and Bali, Eveline Borntraeger-Stoll and Gianni Orsini, Wijk en Aalburg,
The Netherlands, 2008, illustrated on page 252 and 388.

ESTIMATE  RM 25,000 - 35,000

Evidently, I too have absorbed the influence of Expressionism, of Luminism, and of so many of those other ism that over the years have swayed the world of painting and the world in general. Art has been enriched by all of them because they have all succeeded in disclosing new facets of the truth. One senses that truth, and then one attempts to reproduce it in such a way that others will sense it too. In my opinion that is the ultimate ambition of any artist.” – Gerard Pieter Adolfs, 1937

This stunning piece was derived from the Neo-Impressionist era illustrating two figures at a market scene in Java, Indonesia. Rich, vibrant colours are applied generously in quick, successive strokes. Executed in 1948, Marktfiguren, Java is a testimony of life in Java brilliantly rendered by Gerard Pieter Adolfs.

An architect by profession, Adolfs’ passion for the arts was instilled from a very young age, at home. His father, Gerardus Cornelis Adolfs too was an architect and an avid painter and photographer who played the piano and violin, besides being a sportsman and a pole vaulter. Gerard Pieter Adolfs spent his youth in Java and studied architecture in Amsterdam. Upon graduating, he returned to design homes in Yogyakarta, Solo and Surabaya. Known as “The Painter of Java and Bali”, Adolfs had an ardent desire to paint what he saw.

Blessed with an exceptional talent, Adolfs produced remarkable etching, sketches, drawings, murals and illustrations in a myriad of mediums like pastel, gouache, watercolour and oil. A globe trotter and an observant artist, he painted everywhere he went from the mystical dances and rituals in Bali, the way of life in Japan and North Africa to the scenic landscapes of Italy and Spain as well as the culture in the Netherlands. He painted in a variety of styles and was a contemporary painter of every era as seen in his spectacular paintings of the post-romantic period of green palette (1924 – 1928), Chiaroscuro (1928 – 1931), Graphic period in orange hues (1930 – 1935), Impressionism (1936 – 1940), Luminist period (1940 – 1947), Neo-Impressionist period (1946 - 1967) and Abstract (1965 - 1968).