SRIHADI SOEDARSONO (Indonesian, B. 1931)
SRIHADI SOEDARSONO (Indonesian, B. 1931)

Borobudur: Prosperity of Soul

SRIHADI SOEDARSONO (Indonesian, B. 1931)
Borobudur: Prosperity of Soul
signed and dated 'Srihadi 2010' (upper right); signed, dated and titled 'Borobudur-Prosperity of Soul/2010/200 x 350 cm/Srihadi S '10' (on the reverse)
oil on canvas
200 x 350 cm. (78 3/4 x 137 3/4 in.)
Painted in 2010
Sale room notice
Please note that the correct signature detail of Lot 471 should be signed and dated 'Srihadi 2010' (upper right) and signed, dated and titled ‘Borobudur – Prosperity of Soul’ (on the reverse).
拍品編號471的正確款識為Srihadi 2010 (右上) Borobudur – Prosperity of Soul (畫背)。

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Lot Essay

Srihadi Soedarsono's art showcases the deep spiritualism and energy of cultural life in Indonesia as well as the spirit of modernism. The choice of colours in Srihadi's paintings are mainly a reflection of an emotional interaction and experience with the environment. With expressive strokes of subtly blended colours, Srihadi melds both the physical as well as emotional aspects of the landscape.

In Borobudur: Prosperity of Soul, the background of the painting is rendered in deep shades of black and purple juxtaposed against the brilliant colours of a rising or setting sun. The stark white impasto of the moon gives a tactile quality to the infinite depth of the dark sky as Srihadi captures Borobudur in a moment of transience at what could either be the very early morning, or the last light of the day. The painter's use of yellow highlight the edges of the temple complex, defining the distinctive architectural features of Borobudur. The highest stupa is aligned with the overhanging moon in a pleasing symmetry that affords the composition an overall sense of harmony and balance.

Borobudur: Prosperity of Soul conveys a sense of peaceful grandeur in a wonderfully balanced rendition of the iconic Borobudur. Srihadi's mastery of colour and texture in painting achieves in rendering a deeply serene and meditative painting that invites the viewer to reflect on a moment of harmonious interaction between man and nature.

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