Signed and Dated '81
Oet's Fine Arts Gallery, Jakarta, Indonesia
Christie's, Hong Kong, October 31, 2004, Lot 589
Acquired from the above sale by the present owner
"Running like a red thread through most of his works, we see how Hendra monumentalized the land and his nation's women and working people in his canvases. The women as a group, who by far outnumber the men or children in Hendra's later canvases, are not a uniform mass: Hendra does not reduce the subject of woman to any kind of essential. In his canvases, women, be they Sundanese, Javanese, Balinese or other Indonesians, are active, strong, nurturing and beautiful; they are also worn and sick (but carrying on), sociable (but framing their relationships in their own terms), hard-working (and not only in typically 'feminine' professions), and feisty."
ASTRI WRIGHT, HENDRA GUNAWAN, A GREAT MODERN INDONESIAN PAINTER, IR CIPUTRA FOUNDATION JAKARTA, 2001, P.40.
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