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The Modern Art of Indonesia

1900-1970

BY SANENTO YULIMAN HADIWARDOYO 

AFFANDI, The Militia Plan Their Tactics, 1946, oil on canvas, 130 x 151.5 cm.

The modern painting of Indonesia cannot be fully understood without placing it within the total cultural and social context of the archipelago. There are many local strengths that make the painting of Indonesia different from the modern art of the rest of the world. Indonesia's modern painting cannot be considered outside of the fact that the relationship between the artist's intuition and reality is not a formulated one…

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