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Miguel Covarrubias

Miguel Covarrubias
Miguel Covarrubias (1902-1957; Mexico City, Mexico) firs came to Bali in 1930 under a Guggenheim Fellowship, during which time he did research for his book, Island of Bali, that was published in 1937 and remains a classical study to this day. He was an international treveler and his works were published in the New Yorker, Vogue, and Vanity Fair Magazines in the U.S.A. Convarrubias also was s professor of art history at the National School of Anthropology and History in Mexico City. Collection: Presidential Palace (Jakarta, Indonesia). Exhibitions :Singapore Art Museum (1994), centre for Strategic and International Studies (Jakarta, 1996).
  Title : Carrying Rice
  Artist : Miguel Covarrubias
  Media : Gouache on paper
  Size : 35 x 25 cm
  Year : Early 1930s

The indigenous variety of padi Bali (Balinese rice) remains on the long stalks even after harvesting. Bundles are essembled in the fields and carried home on the heads of woman or balanced on the ends of shoulder poles by men. Threshing is done inthe household as needed. The simple background of terraces and palm trees adds dimension to this strong, gaphic work.

Gift of the late Cedric Neukomm (Switzerland)