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Dewa Putu Bedil

Dewa Putu Bedil
Dewa Putu Bedil (1921 – 1999; Padangtegal, Gianyar, Bali) was one of the youngest members of the Pitamaha artists’ association in Ubud during the 1930s. Most of his works are inspered by village life. They usually include large figures of the people, especially their heads and upper bodies, in soft pastel colors. These were aesthetic features which he learned from Rudolf Bonnet (Dutch, 1895 -1978). Bedil usually uses bright colors. Collections : Taman Budaya (Denpasar, Bali), Tropenmuseum (Amsterdam, Holand), Rijkmuseum voor Volkenkunde (Leiden, Holland). Exhibitions : Museum Nasional (Jakarta, Indonesia, 1995), Centre for Strategic and International Studies (Jakarta, 1996), Indonesia-Japan Friendship Festival (Morioka, Tokyo, 1997).
  Title : Ritual Flirtation Dance 1975
  Artist : Dewa Putu Bedil
  Media : Acrylic On Canvas
  Size : 135 x 85 cm
  Year : 1975
Unlike reguler Joged (flirtation dance) forms, in joged pingitan (ritual flirtation) a solo dancer dramatizes Balinese legends and stories in a semi-classical style but does not invite viewers to dance with her, Instead, men from the audience volunteer to dance with her in. Instead, men from the audience volunteer to dance with her in order to show off their own skills, but show off their own skills, but only during the non-dramatic sections of the performance. Lively music is played on special grantang (xylophone instruments with thick bamboo keys). The curved backs of the figures are typical features of many Balinese paintings which attempt some sort of Western anatomical representation.