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    Sale 5404

    Nineteenth Century European Art

    19 March 2008, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 70

    Raden Sarief Bustaman Saleh (Indonesian, 1807-1880)

    Afternoon tea in the orangery in Gotha

    Price Realised  

    Estimate

    Raden Sarief Bustaman Saleh (Indonesian, 1807-1880)
    Afternoon tea in the orangery in Gotha
    oil on canvas
    17¼ x 15¼ in. (43.9 x 38.7 cm.)


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    Raden Saleh Sjarif Bestaman is one of the best known Indonesian painters. Born into a noble Javanese family, he is considered a pioneer of modern Indonesian art. He began his career in Bogor, under the guidance of the Belgium artist A.J. Payen. In 1829 he arrived in Europe after the Dutch government granted him a scholarship. He began his training under Cornelius Kruseman and Andries Schelfhout and adopted a Western style of painting. From this training Saleh developed his skills as portraitist, which allowed him to gain favour in various European courts. The artist returned to Indonesia in 1851, where he continued to paint for the Javanese aristocracy.
    Two of Saleh's pictures now hang in the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam.

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    Literature

    Werner Kraus, Raden Saleh: Ein Malereben zwichen zwei Wekten, Maxen: Niggerman & Simon, 2004, p.14-15, no.4