Only beauty is truly enduring.’
(de Roever-Bonnet, p. 72)
To Rudolf Bonnet, beauty was the source of inspiration. He was especially fascinated by the beauty of the human face, which could either be the characteristic expression in a wrinkly Anticolian face, or the virginal appearance of three Balinese girls.
The girls’ faces have a somewhat resigned, yet dignified expression, while they carry their lightweight offerings. The title refers to a ritual called Melasti, which is meant to purify sacred objects belonging to temples, and also to acquire sacred water from the sea. The Melasti ritual is performed a few days before Nyepi, a ‘Day of Silence’, heralding Balinese New Year, which is mostly celebrated in March.
Gianni Orsini, October 2014.
Rudolf Bonnet (1895-1978)
Melasti titled and dated Bali 1977 u.l. signed u.r.
crayon and pastels on paper
Roever-Bonnet, dr. H. de: ‘Rudolf Bonnet, Een zondagskind’, Pictures Publishers, Wijk en Aalburg, 1993, p. 119, no. 97, illustrated.