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  Title : Eruption Of Mount Agung
  Artist : Ida Bagus Nyoman Rai
  Media : Ink on paper
  Size : 70 x 100 cm
  Year : 1968
At 3142 meters, Mount Agung is Bali's highest and most sacred mountain. In 1963 it erupted for the first time in living memory, causing widespread death and destruction. Entire villages and many temples were toppled or buried under thick layers of ash and lava. Thousands ao people lost tjeir lives. Those fortunate enough escaped with only a few possessions rolled up in mats or carried on shoulder poles. Traditional Balinese fire motifs are used to show flaming lava bombs falling from the sky. The artist's vivid depiction in black and white is in many ways more effective than a photograph.

  Title : Arriving At The Temple
  Artist : I Made Surita
  Media : Oil on canvas
  Size : 92 x 102 cm
  Year : 1990 - gift of Arie Smit (Bali)
In a view through the trees of a forest, a woman arrives with a banten (offering) carried respecfully on her head. Another woman holds a tedung (parasol), a sign of honor and respect. A dokar (horse-drawn cart) brings more people to a Balinese Hindu-Buddhist pura (temple) in the background where a ceremony is taking place. Pavilions are filled with offerings, and slender umbul-umbul (banners) soar up into the sky.

  Title : Loss Of Innocence
  Artist : I Wayan Atjin Tisna
  Media : Oil on canvas
  Size : 57 x 62 cm
  Year : 1976
A sleeping young woman dreams of romance. A stylized man and woman based on wayang (puppet) figures fondle each other. The winged-lion, a royal symbol, also represents passion and emotion. The horse-drawn chariot disappearing out of the picture has several meanings. It may represent escape or romantic elopement, for horses have erotic associations in Hinduism. At the same time, it is animal of warfare and thus symbolizes both victory and death.

  Title : Three Dancers
  Artist : I Nyoman Gunarsa
  Media : Oil on canvas
  Size : 120 x 135 cm
  Year : 1981
The colorful costumes of Balinese dancers are transformed into decorative patterns on the figures and in the background. A man faces two women in a non-narrative scene, for specific characters are not the focus of the work. Instead, the emphasis is placed upon color and design, a depersonalization and secularization of ancient mythological figures into modern, purely decorative forms.

  Title : Cattle Boys
  Artist : Putu Ngurah Wardana
  Media : Oil on canvas
  Size : 142 x 142 cm
  Year : 1991
In these multiple layers of overlapping images, young cowherders, older men and cattle, and distant fields and mountains evoke the timeless spirit and internal life of the land of Bali. It is very idyllic and fertile in imagery, cool and fresh in color. The painting praises and romanticizes the simple lives of Balinese farmers from the past to the present and hopefully into the future.

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