Portrait of a Lady in Deco Style



Probably 1930’s

7x6 in/18x15 cm

The way art was understood was forever changed on Bali by the mutual inspiration between the local artisans and craftsmen and the Pre-War European art colony, led especially by Walter Spies. Opportunities for creativity, influenced in part by Art Deco took expression in sculptures and paintings made to sell into the tourist market. Now such souvenirs are considered serious works of art and are exhibited in museums around the world, most recently in the important exhibition still up through September 11 at the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco, “Bali Art, Ritual Performance.” Presented here is an exceptionally fine carving of a beautiful young maiden, from an old Dutch collection.