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Jakarta Post

Arie Smit: Personal chronicle of a great artist

  • Agus Dermawan T.


Jakarta   /   Mon, June 13 2016   /  09:40 am

The prominent artist behind the Young Artists art movement in Bali lived a rich life.In April Arie Smit, A Painter’s Life in the Tropics, a biography of the legendary artist, was published by Pictures Publishers Art Books, in the Netherlands. The 280-page book by Lucienne Smit, 63, had been meant to celebrate Arie’s 100th birthday on April 15 this year, but sadly, he died a few days earlier on March 23.

Lucienne Smit, a fine arts master and graduate of St. Joost Academie in Breda, is Arie’s niece. She is the daughter of Arie’s younger brother, Bert Smit (1926-1998). As a fellow artist, she felt obliged to write about her uncle wholeheartedly, prompting her to make frequent visits to Bali to delve into Arie’s life on the Island of the Gods.

After compiling notes on Arie’s youth in Holland and documents that recorded his creative activity during the Dutch East Ind...