MASTERPIECE: Southeast Asian, Chinese, Modern & Contemporary Art
13 - 30 November 2021
This Autumn collection, we present our latest timed-auction of South Asian, Chinese, Modern and Contemporary Art from 13 to 30 November 2021 7.30 pm (UTC+7)
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Raden Sjarief Bastaman Saleh, or better known as Raden Saleh, is a pioneer of Indonesian Modern Art who is known to the world for his romanticism works. He is very famous for producing great works by combining Romanticism which was currently popular in Europe with Javanese elements as the background of his work.
Like Romanticism-style works, Raden Saleh expresses the turmoil of his soul, which oscillates between wanting to live the world of imagination and expressing the real world. The combination of the two is manifested in a dramatic, emotional, and mysterious visual expression. However, romanticist artists still refer to the actual reality of an event.
One of Raden Saleh’s famous works is entitled “British Marine Vessel in Heavy Weather” which was made in 1840. This painting was auctioned by Christie’s Auction in 2013 in the Netherlands. It can be seen how Raden Saleh reveals the dramatic struggle of two ships in a violent storm in the middle of the ocean.
The eerie atmosphere is expressed through thick dark clouds and high waves. In plain view, this painting brings us to feel the turmoil of a very dramatic struggle. Meanwhile, on the side of the blue sky that slowly appeared as if it was a sign of a glimmer of hope for survival.
Borobudur Temple is a Buddhist Temple Monument located in Magelang, Central Java, Indonesia. This monument is the largest temple in the world and is designated as one of the world heritages by UNESCO. Borobudur Temple consists of six square terraces on which there are three circular courtyards so that spiritually it is considered a model of the universe which was built as a holy place to glorify the Creator as well as a place of pilgrimage to guide mankind from the realm of worldly lust to enlightenment and wisdom.
The pride of the Indonesian nation with Borobudur Temple can be seen from the frequent use of Borobudur as an icon in several international events as the identity of Indonesia. Starting from the magnificent philosophy offered by this monument, many art activists were inspired by the Borobudur Temple and raised it as an object of art.
A famous painter who often uses Borobudur as the main object of his paintings is Srihadi Soedarsono. The luxury of Srihadi Soedarsono’s painting Borobudur, has made him scheduled to receive the highest award “Sang Hyang Kamahayanikan Award” by the Borobudur Writers and Cultural Festival (BWCF) on November 21, 2021. BWCF 2021 is the 10th event of the literacy and arts festival promoted by BWCF Society, Ministry of Education and Culture, Research and Technology, Ministry of Religion, and a number of related parties. A strong spiritual sensation is presented in each of Srihadi’s Borobudur-themed paintings, making his work feel magical and sublime.