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Rudolf Bonnet

Rudolf Bonnet
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Rudolf Bonnet (1895-1978; Amsterdam, Holland) studied at the Rijksschool voor Kunstnijverheid (National Arts and Crafts School) and the Rijksacademie (National Academy) in Amsterdam, Holland. He learned fresco painting in Italy. Bonnet first went to Bali in 1929 and lived in Ubud. In 1936 he helped to establsih the Pitamaha artists association. He was captured by the Japanese during World War II, and returned to Bali in 1946. Bonnet helped to found the Golongan Pelukis Ubud (Ubud Painters’ Group) in 1953 and the Museum Puri Lukisan (Royal Museum of Painting) in 1956 in Ubud. He is known for his portraits. Awards: Dharma Kusuma (Bali, 1997), Satya Lencana Kebudayaan (Indonesia, 1980).Collections : Rijksmuseum Kroller-Muller (Amsterdam, Holland), Singer Museum (Laren, Holland). Exhibitions East-West Center (Honolulu, Hawaii, 1998), Singapore Art Museum (1994), Centre for Strategic and International Studies (Jakarta, Indonesia, 1996), Indonesia-Japan Friendship Festival (Morioka, Tokyo, 1997).
  Title : The Girls Nyoman And Ketut
  Artist : Rudolf Bonnet
  Media : Pastel on paper
  Size : 45 x 64 cm
  Year : 1976
Description:
The first and second born children in Bali are called Wayan and Made, while the third and fourth are called Nyoman and Ketut. The prefix Ni is for a female; I is for or male. The faces of these girls are done in the typical European academic portrait style promoted by the artist during his many years in Bali. Except for their distinctive subeng (conical ear ornaments), these two sisters could be from an island in the Pacific Ocean. This points out Bali’s connections to Polynesia-Oceania.

  Title : The Temptation Of Arjuna
  Artist : Rudolf Bonnet
  Media : Pastel on paper
  Size : 88 x 74 cm
  Year : 1953
Description:
Arjuna Wiwaha (The Marriage of Arjuna), based on a brief sode from the Hindu Mahabharata epic, was written during the 11th century in east Java. In the story, noble hero Arjuna seeks divine help in order to defeat his enemies. The deities send seven beautiful widyadari (heavenly nymphs) to tempt him. Arjuna remains undisturbed during this and other tests, thus proving his sincerity. He is rewarded with a magical weapon and marries the heavenly nymphs. The figures are dressed in typical Balinese dance costumes. In the foreground is the Wijaya Kusuma (blossom of victory), a mythological flower that can bring the dead back to life.