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Pioneers of Balinese painting

The collection Rudolf Bonnet

Description
The Balinese works of art featured in this catalogue were collected between 1929 and 1958 by the Dutch artist Rudolf Bonnet (1895–1978) while he lived and worked in the Balinese village Ubud. Bonnet befriended the prince of Ubud, Cokorda Gede Agung Sukawati (d. 1978) and lived in the palace grounds in Ubud during his early years on Bali. For centuries the kings of Ubud were the protectors and patrons of architecture, sculpture, painting, dance and music. Ubud was one of the areas renowned for the development of modern Balinese painting from the 1930s.

The works in this catalogue are arranged according to four geographical areas: Tampaksiring (Chapter I), Ubud (Chapters II and III), Batuan (Chapter IV) and Sanur (Chapter V). The specific characteristics, style and content of the works by artists from these towns and villages are examined.

The Leiden University collection of modern Balinese art supplements the permanent exhibition of similar works in the Puri Lukisan Museum in Ubud, which were also selected by Rudolf Bonnet. Both are featured in this book.

De Balinese kunstwerken in deze catalogus zijn verzameld tussen 1929 en 1958 door de Nederlandse kunstenaar Rudolf Bonnet (1895–1978) terwijl hij woonde en werkte in het Balinese kunstenaarsdorp Ubud. Bonnet raakte bevriend met de prins van Ubud en woonde enige tijd op de paleisgronden. De koningen van Ubud waren eeuwenlang de beschermheren van architectuur, beeldhouwkunst, schilderkunst, dans en muziek. Ubud vormde het middelpunt van de ontwikkeling van de moderne Balinese schilderkunst vanaf 1930. De specifieke kenmerken, stijl en inhoud van de verschillende kunstenaars in Bali komen uitgebreid aan bod, geïllustreerd met veel voorbeelden van Balinese kunst.

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