This catalogue is the introduction to the collection of Museum Puri Lukisan in Ubud, Bali, Indonesia. This collection is not only the most complete in Bali, but it is historically related by its two founders - then prince of Ubud, Tjokorda Gde Agung Sukawati and the Dutch artist, Rudolf Bonnet -- to the art movement of the 1930s which is at the origin of Ubud's fame in Bali and the world.
This catalogue doesn't simply give a list of the art works: it endeavors to explain them. First, it pays its dues to history, by trying to show the role played respectively by the local genius of the Balinese and by the influence of a few privileged guests such as Walter Spies and Rudolf Bonnet; this historical part is completed by a short history of the museum proper. The next step is to explain the idiosyncrasies of Balinese style - like full space, patterning - and to teach the art lover the keys to its appreciation.
Then comes the collection proper, followed by a short depiction of the related Balinese narratives. At the end, as a further explanation on the why's of Balinese art, are presented the pedagogy of Balinese painting and its peculiar techniques.
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