Lot 66 | 27 November 2022



LOT 66


B. The Netherlands, 1925 – 1998

Nude in Blue, 1976

Signed and dated Han Snel 76 on lower right

Pencil on paper

60 x 45 cm

Private Collection, Singapore

RM 5,000 – 12,000

Han Snel had an undying love for Bali. Born in 1925 in Scheveningen, Netherlands, he trained as a graphic artist before being dispatched to Bali along with the Dutch military forces that were tasked with fighting the Japanese troops and the Republic of Indonesia’s army. Snel instantaneously fell in love with the island, so much so that he married a local girl, became an Indonesian citizen and converted to Balinese Hinduism. Nevertheless, it is in his paintings that saw most of his love being manifested – the gentle colours, the delicate and refined lines captured the very essence of Ubud, the tranquil island, and most of all, the stunning portraits of Balinese women. A recurring role was his wife, who began modelling for him before they wed.