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Dullah’s Realism

Lee Man Fong’s Sunflowers







Lee Man Fong’s Sunflowers

This painting by Lee Man Fong, dates 1951 and is a relatively early painting by the artist. Many painters would certainly feel challenged to try to depict the likeness of the thick and wavy petals of the sunflower, and of course by that time Van Gogh’s Sunflowers, painted in the 1880s, had already become an iconic painting well-known among artists world-wide.

Although he might have been inspired by the subject matter in the famous painting by Van Gogh, Lee Man Fong’s Sunflowers does not borrow from its appearance, technique or style. It is a painting that shows Lee Man Fong’s own characteristic style, particularly pallette, brushstrokes and composition.


This painting is one of the artworks that will be auctioned in Sidharta Auctioneer's Fine Art Auction on October 7th, 2012, at Darmawangsa Square, Jakarta, Indonesia, starting at 1:30pm. View the e-catalog here: Please contact for further information









Fisherman at Work by the Seashore by Itji Tarmizi

Dullah in our upcoming auction

“Penjual Sate”
oil on canvas
142 x 82.5 cm

oil on canvas
47 x 69 cm

oil on board
50 x 40 cm

Inspirational Mountains and Volcanoes



Many works from dating from the 1960s to 1980s in this auction have come from the collections of avid art enthusiasts who have meticulously built their collections throughout the years. As a “ring of fire”, it is only natural that volcanoes and mountains would be one of the most favorite subjects of the artists. In this auction there are two particularly monumental paintings of volcanoes by Siauw Tik Kwie, and other painting of a volcano in the background of a seascape by Dullah. There are also smaller mountainous landscapes by Yudhi, Dullah and Kasenda.





Ida Bagus Nadera “Spiritual Nature”


Ida Bagus Nadera

“Spiritual Nature”
In the world of traditional Balinese painting the name of Ida Bagus
Made Nadera is considered a monumental painter. His works are
expressive, and he depicts themes that are almost never repeated. As a
pupil of Rudolf Bonnet and Walter Spies and a member of the Balinese
Pita Maha association of artists established in 1936, he was
interested in applying the principles of modernism in his work. He was
regarded as being the most advanced and intelligent painters of the
group, and therefore he was  also tasked to become a mentor of the
other painters.

His paintings are represented in the collection of President Sukarno
as well as various important museums in Indonesia, as well as in
Europe. Life and his work is recorded in the book “Ida Bagus Made
Nadera, A Balinese Painter of Pita Maha”, written by Agus Dermawan T
(Agung Rai Museum of Art, Bali, 2008).

Josephine Linggar “Golden Lady”


“Golden Lady”, 2001
oil on canvas, 100 x 80 cm.
Publication: “The Art of Josephine – Prima Donna”, (Linggar AIA
Gallery & Art Foundation, Jakarta, 2001) p. 81

Josephine Linggar is one of the few Indonesian woman painters who have
interest in the depicting the human side of things, which is supported
by her talent and ability in depicting the human anatomy, human
character, and human expression. Born in Jember, East Java, Josephine
was known as a fashion designer, and this is perhaps why she seems to
have placed a special attention on the depiction of the  figure of the
woman. She also has the sensibility in capturing the suitable postures
and gestures, which convey the story of the painting. In the painting
“Golden Lady” a women awaits someone in front of the temple. Her face
was full of hope, while the frangipani flowers seem to comfort her.

Amrus Natalsya “Siaga Tiga”


Amrus Natalsya
“Siaga Tiga”

In his art work “Siaga Tiga (“Alert Level Three”), Amrus Natalsya
depicts a policeman with three dogs prepared to maintain security,
most likely to secure a demonstration that might threaten the
“national security”. The strength of the work is the unique theme of
the painting, which has never been repeated again by the artist. Amrus
is very familiar with of the issue of national security, especially
when he was imprisoned due to his involvement in politics. Born in
Natal, North Sumatra, Amrus is among the strongest of Indonesian
artists. He deliberately chose wood for his paintings because he is
able to best expressive himself through this medium.

Ogeng Heru Supono’s Borobudur

“Reflections Arupadhatu”
Ogeng Heru Supono is painter who explored the iconography of the
Borobudur temple thoroughly. He captured the spirit of the 9th century
reliefs, and depicted them with his own aesthetics and in a new and
modern composition. In the 1980’s this was the characteristic subject
matter of this paintings.  In 1984, he was even considered among the
top Indonesian painters (Kompas, August 12, 1984).

Art as Political Statements: Lekra artists, including Hendra Gunawan

Lekra (Lembaga Kebudayaan Rakyat) was founded in August 1950 as a
direct response to the socio-nationalist Gelanggang (Arena of
Independent Young Artists) movement established a few years earlier.
Associated with the Indonesian Communist Party, it pushed for artists
and writers to follow the doctrine of socialist realism. After the 30
September Movement (1965), along with the banning of the communist
party, the activities of Lekra ended.
Apart from their political association with the party, artists who
were involved with Lekra created art more as political statements
rather than partisan slogans. Many have depicted historical paintings
that remind us of the struggle of the people during the Indonesian
Revolutionary War (1945-1949). A painting by Tatang Ganar offered in
this auction depicts resting guerillas during the Revolutionary War in
Bandung. It shows a human side of the heroism of the militia. Another
painting depicts a field kitchen during the Revolutionary War.
Although unsigned, the manner in which the figures in the scene are
formed, the use of the medium of oils on paper laid on board, and the
brushstrokes of the artist, clearly show that the painting is a work
by the prominent artist Hendra Gunawan, dating to the period of the