Lot 100

b. Indonesia, 1912 - d. 1987


Signed 'Koempoel' (lower left)
Oil on canvas
42cm x 60cm

Private Collection, US.

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 by the countryside which is eloquently 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. Two figures are vaguely illustrated walking along a quiet road in Surabaya, Indonesia as the title suggests. Sourced from a private collector in the United States of America, this early piece dated 1963 has been kept in pristine condition.

Koempoel Soejatno 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 the headmaster Van Staal discovered his flair as a painter. 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 factors 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.