"Affandi's unusual personality and choice of vocation combined with his enigmatic but undeniable charisma to create a life which took on the stature of legend even in his own time. The widespread attention he received in the media caused people of all walks of life, urban and rural, Indonesian and foreign, to recognize his name and face to make the pilgrimage to his colourful, self-built museum in Yogyakarta" (Astri Wright, Soul, Spirit, Mountain: Preoccupations of Contemporary Indonesian Painters, Oxford University Press, Kuala Lumpur, 1994, 109-110).
Affandi's personality and above all his charisma are as much a signature style as his Characteristic swirling and deft brush strokes. For a people's artist, it is most appropriate to depict the subject of the common man, at the end of a day's hard work, gathering for a drink of Tuak, a local rice wine for the Indonesian people.
For Affandi, his inspiration comes from the people he knows in the street and he paints them with fervent brush strokes, inundating his subjects with such emotions that every work screams out the personality of the artist.
In the present work, the swirling and deftly applied paint appears to take prededence over the subjects. Hence the composition assumes an immediate sense of rhythm and movement, that almost overwhelms the sitters themselves.