Artist in Idealism of Freedom and Freedom

Raden Saleh Sjarif Boestaman (1811 – 23 April 1880) was a pioneering Indonesian Romantic painter of Arab-Javanese ethnicity. He was considered to be the first “modern” artist from Indonesia (then Dutch East Indies), and his paintings corresponded with nineteenth-century romanticism which was popular in Europe at the time. He also expressed his cultural roots and inventiveness in his work. Raden Saleh Sjarif Boestaman was born in 1811 in Semarang on the island of Java (wikipedia)

 

 

Young Raden Saleh was first taught in Bogor by the Belgian artist A.J. Payen. Payen acknowledged the youth’s talent, and persuaded the colonial government of the Netherlands to send Raden Saleh to the Netherlands to study art. He arrived in Europe in 1829 and began to study under Cornelius Kruseman and Andreas Schelfhout.

It was from Kruseman that Raden Saleh studied his skills in portraiture, and later was accepted at various European courts where he was assigned to do portraits. From 1839, he spent five years at the court of Ernest I, Duke of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, who became an important patron.

 

Winter Landscape

From Schelfhout, Raden Saleh furthered his skills as a landscape painter. Raden Saleh visited several European cities, as well as Algiers. In The Hague, a lion tamer allowed Raden Saleh to study his lion, and from that his most famous painting of animal fights was created, which subsequently brought fame to the artist. Many of his paintings were exhibited at the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam. Several of his paintings were destroyed when the Colonial Dutch pavilion in Paris was burnt in 1931

Tiger Walking Study

Lion Attacking a Horse

Last Resort (1842)

Hunt

Six Horsemen Chasing Deer

Landscape and Tigers Listening to Travellers

Little Raden Saleh was surrounding with intelectual and spiritual Islamic leaders, so nation and rebellion to colonial tyrant its really important in his idea and concept for make art. He as an artist and  as a nationalist and patriotic person it was clearly dirupted colonial elite. The Arrest of Pangeran Diponegoro its realy mesmerizing visual and epic painting for show off his capability and sensibility of his political grounded.

Submission of Prince Diponegoro

Dutch painter Nicolaas Pieneman, commissioned by Lieutenant General Hendrik Merkus de Kock. It is thought that Saleh saw this painting during his stay in Europe. Saleh made significant changes in his version of the painting; Pieneman painted the scene from the right, Saleh from the left. Pieneman depicts Diponegoro with resigned expression, while in Saleh’s he appears to be outraged. Pieneman gave his painting the title Submission of Prince Diponegoro, while Saleh gave The Arrest of Pangeran Diponegoro. It is known that Saleh deliberately painted Diponegoro’s Dutch captors with large heads to make them appear monstrous, as opposed to the more proportionally depicted Javanese.

The Arrest of Pangeran Diponegoro

Mostly Raden Saleh art work describe about events and historical timeline in his era.

Java Landscape

Java Flood and Overstorming

Java Mail Post Station

Young Raden Saleh Self Potraits

Ships and Storm

Saleh’s painting seems to be more influenced by the romantic painter Eugène Delacroix. This could be seen in one of Saleh’s work, Hunting Lion, 1840, which has similar composition to Delacroix’s Liberty Leading the People.

The hallmark of romanticism appears in Raden Saleh’s paradoxical paintings. Picture of grandeur as well as cruelty, a reflection of hope (religiosity) as well as uncertainty of destiny (in reality). The expression pioneered by the French painter Gerricault (1791-1824) and Delacroix is ​​expressed in a gripping dramatic atmosphere, brownish paintings that discard the color of gray, and the critical tension between life and death.

The paintings that clearly display this expression is proof Raden Saleh a romantisis. It is said, through his work he insinuated the human passions that continue to harass other beings. For example by hunting lions, deer, bulls, etc. Raden Saleh impressed not only absorb Western education but also digest it to address the reality

In front of him. Another

The hallmark of romanticism appears in Raden Saleh’s paradoxical paintings. Picture of grandeur as well as cruelty, a reflection of hope (religiosity) as well as uncertainty of destiny (in reality). The expression pioneered by the French painter Gerricault (1791-1824) and Delacroix is ​​expressed in a gripping dramatic atmosphere, brownish paintings that discard the color of gray, and the critical tension between life and death.

 

The paintings that clearly display this expression is proof Raden Saleh a romantisis. It is said, through his work he insinuated the human passions that continue to harass other beings. For example by hunting lions, deer, bulls, etc. Raden Saleh impressed not only absorb Western education but also digest it to address the reality

 

In front of him. Another strong impression was that Raden Saleh believed in the idealism of freedom and freedom, so he opposed the persecution

, so he opposed the persecution

Beetween Life and Death