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FORGOTTEN LEGACY OF PALACE PAINTER DULLAH

  • Agus Dermawan T.

    Contributor

Jakarta   /   Thu, September 19 2019   /  02:26 am

President’s man: Presidential palace painter Dullah (squatting) and President Sukarno (left, standing) frame a painting.Dullah was Indonesia’s eminent painter whose artistic reputation has been recognized by most artists and art observers.Born on Sept. 19, 1919, in Surakarta, Central Java, Dullah was described as “a maestro of people’s painting art” by art critic Kusnadi. Another critic, Sudarmaji, described Dullah as the “king of Indonesian realism”, which was later used as the title of the painter’s biography published in 1998. Painter Sudjojono described Dullah as a “proficient, natural and honest populist painter”. First president Sukarno, meanwhile, saw Dullah as “the one and only portrayer of Marhaen”. Marhaen is Sukarno’s reference to common (and underprivileged) people of Indonesia. “That’s why I like Dullah’s vision most. No other painters can por...