Friday, November 13, 2009


This fine watercolor will be sold in Melbourne on November 16th.
Buffalo in Rice Field
watercolour on paper
Signed and initialed lower left and in pencil lower right 53 x 74cm

Affandi (Boerhanoedin Affandi Koesoema) (1907-1990; Cirebon, West Java) was a self-taught artist. Affandi became a member of the seminal collective, Lima Bandung Kelompok (Bandung five). From 1951-1956 he travelled throughout India and Europe, he taught painting and sculpture at the Akademi Seni Rupa Indonesia (ASRI, Indonesian Academy of Fine Arts) in Yogyakarta, Central Java. In 1973 The Museum Affandi was established on the grounds of his residence in Yogyakarta. Affandi's highly expressionistic and dynamic works have very thick applications of paint squeezed directly from the tube with color fields smeared by hand.

ASRI, the Academy of Fine Arts is the center of arts and Yogya (Yogyakarta) itself has given its name to an important school of modern painting in Indonesia, perhaps best personified by the famed Indonesian impressionist, the late Affandi.

On the main road between the airport and the city stands the Affandi Museum (1907 - 1990) in a lush garden next to his peculiar private home on stilts.Affandi's grave (died in May 1990) lies in the backyard next to the museum.

Affandi's watercolors are highly sought-after.


- Ajip Rosidi, 100 Tahun Affandi (100 Years of Affandi), Bandung: Nuansa, 2008.

- Popo Iskandar, Affandi: Suatu Jalan Baru dalam Ekspresionisme (Affandi: A New Way of Expressionism), Jakarta: Akademi Jakarta, 1977.



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