Medieval Bali and her exotic kingdoms, however, dreamed on unknown to the world-awaiting another generation of foreign artists to discover Her beauties. Quite a few of them were inspired by Gauguin and traveled in his footsteps, first to Tahiti before fate led them to Bali. By the 1930 s, Bali was the new South Seas Paradise on Earth for an eager western public, an image created for a large part by the artists named here. Since the turn of the century scores of foreign painters have visited or lived in Bali. Some were good, same were great and most have been forgotten. Here is a more or less chronological list of the more notable among them, ordered according to the date or their first arrival on the island of the Gods.
Naturally this list is incomplete and will give rise to calls of injustice. Other painters and artists include Louise Koke, Frida Holleman, Flip Hamers, Han Snel, Czeslaw Mystkowski, Renato Christiano, Marius Bauer, Hendrik Paulides, Charles Sayers, H.A.L. Wichers, Ian Fairweather, Gabriele Ferrand, Baron von Plessum, Dickhoff, Nikerk, Poortenaar, Weyzig and countless others who have visited, lived and worked in Bali.
Perhaps one of the most notable realizations one makes when exploring this subject , is the distinct tendency of the individual artists and their friends to ignore others. In reality there was a tremendous amount of interaction, not only between artists on the island but also with the international scene. This was not always pleasant for rivalry, intrigue and jealously was rife among the Painters of Paradise, when staking their exclusiveclaims to their Muse.
For those interested in a more complete list please see-the Lexicon of Foreign Artists who Visualized Indonesia : 1600-1950 by Haks and Maris, Archipelago Press, Singapore 1995-just hot off the press. A major source of information for this work and expert on this subject is Mr. Didier Hamel of Dutas Director and Founder (1986 with Basuki Wihowo, a Java resident of Jakarta) one of his most important aims has been the collecting and documentation of historical paintings . Duta certainly has the broadest collections are be found in Museum Neka and ARMA (The Agung Rai Museum of Art)
some of the foreign artists in Bali 1904 -
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