390
390
Arie Smit
TEMPLE GATE IN UBUD
Estimate
350,000550,000
JUMP TO LOT
390
Arie Smit
TEMPLE GATE IN UBUD
Estimate
350,000550,000
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

Modern and Contemporary Southeast Asian Art

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Hong Kong

Arie Smit
1916-2016
TEMPLE GATE IN UBUD
Signed and dated 86
Acrylic on canvas 
70 by 60 cm; 27 1/2  by 23 1/2  in.
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Provenance

Private Asian Collection

Literature

Suteja Neka and Drs. Sudarmaji, Arie Smit, Koes Artbooks, Bali, Indonesia, 1995, p. 100, color illustration

Catalogue Note

Staged in the quiet solitude of the night, Temple Gate in Ubud is an introspective piece that captures the contemplative atmosphere of the Balinese temple. Rich pigments dye the work in deep, saturated washes to create a meditative experience, complementing the pensive figure resting by the temple gates. The scene’s expressive qualities articulate Smit’s sensitivity to the aesthetic nuances of color, its softened palette evocative of the temple’s serene setting.

The mysticism of the moonlight fascinated the artist, who used loose, stippled brushstrokes to replicate the effect of dappled blue light filtering through the verdant foliage. Largely inspired by the effect of Van Gogh’s complementary color touches, Smit establishes a delicate harmony between the forest and the midnight sky, its variegated texture instilling the painting with a rhythmic vitality.[1] Luminescent against the darkened horizon, the temple’s architecture is reproduced in linear, shortened strokes of pink, red and yellows. The roughened pastiche of warm tones hints at the weathered quality of the temple gates, a testament to Smit’s virtuosity in conveying reality through abstract, simplified forms. Even in the subdued moonlight, the image pulsates with a quiet intensity, reminiscent of the vivacious energy that permeated Bali’s landscape. Unlike his contemporaries, Arie Smit was consumed by a painterly impulse to capture the remote aspects of the island, creating a romantic recollection of a Bali untouched by mass tourism.

[1] Luciënne Smit, Arie Smit: A Painter’s Life in the Tropics, Netherlands 2016, 178.

Modern and Contemporary Southeast Asian Art

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Hong Kong