Anak Agung Gde Meregeg (1902-2001) tempera on panel, 120 x 88 cm.
On our auction on the 2nd of June 2015 we will sell a big painting by this artist.
A.A. Gde Meregeg and his neighbor A.A. Gde Sobrat were the first two artists in Padangtegal that Walter Spies met in Bali. Spies’ influence can be seen in their early works prior to 1940’s.
Meregeg was a village dancer and after the second world war he returned to Wayang style painting. It is in the paintings from this period that the influence of Bonnet can be recognized most. His wayang characters were drawn accurately following the wayang traditions, but the background is much more natural and realistic. His style of painting is continued by his eldest son, A.A. Gde Raka Pudja (born 1932) and one of his grandsons, A.A. Gde Anom Sukawati (born 1960).
Source: website Museum Puri Lukisan, Ubud, Bali.
On the cover of the catalogue of the exhibition ‘Hedendaagse kunst van Bali’ (contemporary art of Bali), Centraal Museum Utrecht 1962 a drawing of this artist is shown as one of the highlights.
On this exhibition the Balinese art of the following collections were shown: the Dutch queen, University of Leiden and Rudolf Bonnet.
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