B. Indonesia, 1937
Signed, titled and dated “soebroto ‘2000 BALI” on lower right
Oil on canvas
69.5 x 90 cm
Private Collection, Kuala Lumpur
RM 2,000 – RM 4,000
This piece by Soebroto is captivating, not only because they are unique, but also because apart from the majestic show of the scenes of village life, they are all based around a grid of black lines. This, in turn, gives the illusion of a mosaic work something akin to stained glass windows. His subjects are figures that are replicas of wayang kulit, his ode to one of the art forms that originated in Java. In its entirety, this piece is unique, eye-catching and hypnotizing and most certainly a desirable one to boot.
Soebroto was born in Tulungagung, East Java), Indonesia. He studied at the Akademi Seni Rupa Indonesia (ASRI, Indonesian Academy of Fine Arts) in Yogyakarta, Central Java and was a teacher at the Sekolah Seni Rupa Indonesia (SSRI, Indonesian School of Fine Art) and at Universitas Udayana, both located in Denpasar.