Lot 69
Indonesian Art Sale 2018
Trubus Soedarsono (1924-1966)

A Balinese Legong dancer

signed, dated and annotated 'Trubus S. 5/11 '61 Djakarta' (lower right)

oil on canvas mounted on board, 140x78 cm

Provenance: Acquired by parents of the present owner in Indonesia during the early 1960s.

The Javanese painter Trubus Sudarsono is known for his paintings of Balinese dancers. These paintings were made during the 1950’s and 60’s. The present lot shows a Balinese dancer with a bluish background and swirling incense smoke performing her magic dance in a trance-like state. Her movements and beauty are electrifying. The colours of the fabrics she’s wearing bring to life the essence of reality and mystery of Bali. Reality combined with mystery and spiritual values characterise the art of Trubus. The artist was recognised as an established painter. President Soekarno acquired several paintings of the artist for his own collection. During the Japanese occupation Trubus studied painting with Sudjojono and Affandi. After the Japanese surrender he became a member of a group of young revolutionary artists called SIM (Seniman Indonesia Muda), founded by Sudjojono and Trisno Sumardjo. This group was supported by the republican government that fought for independence. The artists visualised the efforts made by the people of Indonesian in their struggle for independence. Trubus was imprisoned by the Dutch authorities for exposing his anti-Dutch propagandist art. During the anti-communist troubles in 1966 many Indonesians disappeared without any form of justice. Since Trubus was a leftish member of the regional government of Yogyakarta he shared the same fate as possibly hundreds of thousands of Indonesians who disappeared and were killed because they were or were suspected of being communists.

Sources: Dullah, 'Paintings from the Collection of Dr Sukarno, President of the Republic of Indonesia', Volumes 1 & 2, The People's Fine Arts Publishing House, China, 1956 Jacob Oetama (preface), 'The Journey of Indonesian Painting: The Bentara Budaya Collection' Website: [michaelbackmanltd.com]