Lot 70
Indonesian Art Sale | 18 November 2020
Roland Strasser (1895-1974)

A Sampik dancer

signed 'Strasser' (lowser right)

oil on canvas, 101x56 cm

Provenance: -Former collection of the late Dr. P.F.J. Cuypers, Dutch-Indies.

Pieter Frans Jozef Cuypers (1896 -1971) was born in Hanyang, now part of Wuhan, China. After his medical study, Cuypers moved to the Dutch East Indies in 1925 or 1926. In 1928 he was in Mataram, Lombok, and thereafter in Malang. From 1934 until May 1935 he worked as a doctor with the Public Health Service for the Central Citizens Hospital of Soerabaja. On May 2, 1935 he was appointed as Physician-Director of the Provincial Hospital in Pamekasan. Because he contracted the infection tuberculosis (TBC), he returned to Belgium in 1938 and there he followed in his father’s footsteps as a doctor in Oostham.

Cuypers must have known the painters Strasser and Dooyewaard. His legacy included a portrait of himself painted by Strasser. He passed away in Oostham on 11 April 1971.

Sampik dancer

‘Here, we are immediately struck by the fact that we are dealing with an artist who transcends the mundane. Mr. Strasser excels by using a bold style, through which he portrays such a powerful image of his Balinese men and women. They are living human beings, their bronzed bodies moving smoothly and rhythmically in the shadow of a temple, or on a light-filled, open square.’* This was written in the review of the Roland Strasser exhibition held at the Art Society of Surabaya in Indonesia in the fall of 1938.

The Sampik Dancer is a wonderful example of a painting that shows the strength of expression, the true tropical atmosphere and the lively colouring that make Strasser such a favoured artist of Balinese images.** The work that is on offer at this auction is a somewhat modified version of the painting that went under the hammer at Sotheby’s in Hong Kong on the 9th July this year, as lot number 319.

  • W.C.B., ‘Roland Strasser, Exhibition in the Art Society’, De Indische Courant, 6th October, 1938 ** Unknown critic, ‘Art Exhibition in Batavia, Roland Strasser’s work’, De Indische Courant, 8th November, 1938.

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Hamerprijs: € 17.000