Neka Art Museum Ubud Bali - The Development of Painting in Bali - Art Painting Museum
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  Title : Portrait Of Suteja Neka
  Artist : Srihadi Soedarsono
  Media : Oil on canvas
  Size : 141 x 92 cm
  Year : 1975
Description:
Suteja Neka, founder and director of the Neka Art Museum in Ubud, is dressed in a traditional Balinese outfit. This is very formal wear ussualy reserved for ritual occasions. His saput (outer hip wrap) is worn at chest level, and the handle of his keris (dagger) protrudes above his right shoulder. This is not a realistic portrait, however, for the focus is on colors and textures. The canvas is divided horizontally into two complementary fields of color and present two contrasting moods, one cool and the other warm.

  Title : Two Dancers
  Artist : Srihadi Soedarsono
  Media : Oil on canvas
  Size : 125 x 100 cm
  Year : 1975
Description:
Two woman dressed for the courtly legong dance sit on an invisible surface so that they appear to floant in the air against a solid colored background. They are waiting to dance as one looks to the left as if to the stage, while the other gazes to the front. Their white faces are expressionless like masks. Light from an unseen source reflects on their golden bibs and crowns, and their bright blue fans contrast with the other colors used.

  Title : Black Sand Beach
  Artist : Srihadi Soedarsono
  Media : Oil on canvas
  Size : 92 x 142 cm
  Year : 1975
Description:
A group of colourful Balinese jukung (double outrigger canoes) with crocodile-like faces contrast sharply against the dark background of a back sand beach, Balinese fishermen believe that the eyes on their canoes help the vessels to see at night and avoid dangers, in addition to helping them find fish and other marine animals to catch. The eyes also frighten away harmful forces white at sea. The frontal view of one canoe looks light a horned buffalo head, and his separated from the others as a result. The dark blue sky adds a feeling of loneliness in this bold, graphic work.

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