This is an original signed watercolor by Soewardja an artist of the Mooi Indie school who was born in 1900. "MOOI INDIE is the Dutch name given to a pre-war school of Indonesian artists; many of these artists painted for the Dutch colonists, who wanted to take visible memoriables with them on their return to Holland; Artists who painted in this tradition, were looked down upon, by their other Nationalist Indonesian colleagues. In Other words, the school was associated with the Dutch colonialists. Interestingly former president Sukarno was a great admirer of the MOOI INDIE SCHOOL and he owned a large collection, in spite of his nationalist views!!" This original was painted circa 1940 by the listed Indonesian artist SUWARDJA; the framed picture is signed SOEWARDJA (in the lower left hand corner) being the Dutch way to spell his name. This is one of a pair that I am putting in my shop. My fiance found it years ago when he was going to garage sales etc. but he can't remember at all where he found it. The watercolor itself is 10 1/4" X 9", matted, framed and under glass. The watercolor is in very good condition overall, but there is one significant flaw to the paper. One half inch from the top middle of the painting there is an L shaped cut, the long side is 1 1/4" then 1/4" 'foot'. I know nothing about the 'cut's' origin. All I know about it is what can be seen. It was there when my fiance purchased the painting and the painting has not been taken out of the frame since we have had it. I do not think it detracts from the beauty of the work. Please view pictures and decide for yourself. The 16 3/4" square frame is in excellent condition. In my research I found one Soewardja 11" X 9" watercolor sold by Christie's auction house in Amsterdam in April of 1995 for $113. If you would like to buy the pair there would be an additional savings that I will calculate for combined shipping. I am looking forward to sharing these wonderful works with another admirer. They have not been seen by others for many years.
Item ID: 174
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