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Louise Garrett Koke

Louise Garrett Koke
Louise Garret Koke (1897-1993; New York City, New York, U.S.A), born Louise Gignox, studied at Columbia University in New York City, U.S.A., and designed theatre stage sets. She first came to Bali in 1936 while on a world tour to the Far East. With her husband Robert Koke, she set up the first hotel on Kuta Beach and stayed until early 1942 before the Japanese invansion of World War II. She made many humorous ink drawings and romantic paintings of the Balinese people. Exhibitions Alliance Francaise (Shanghai, China, 1947), Neka Art Museum (Ubud, Bali, 1993).
  Title : Getting Dressed
  Artist : Louise Garrett Koke
  Media : Oil on canvas
  Size : 76 x 51 cm
  Year : 1940 or 1941

The Balinese people are very fond of adorning themselves, especially with flowers. A young woman gets dressed and places blossoms in her hair in this portrait. She has a rather serious expression, however. The colors are mostly cool except for the bright cloth worn around her torso. Her rather simple clothing and the indistinct background, suggestive of foliageand flowers in a lush garden, keep the focus on the figure and her action of making herself beautiful.

Special purchase from the late artist and the late Robert A Koke (U.S.A)