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A House in Ruins

A House in Ruins

Item Description:

Collection of a Gentleman
The five paintings in this collection once belonged to a prominent gentleman, Jusuf Ronodipuro, who was known to have broadcasted the news about the Proclamation of the Indonesian Independence to the world in the evening of 17 August 1945. from the Hoso Kyoku broadcasting offices. Following this incident, he was captured by the Japanese. but fortunately he was released. It did not dissuade him; he later established the Radio Suara Indonesia Merdeka ( The Voice of Free Indonesia ) using scrap electronic material. Sukarno’s speech on Radio Suara Indonesia on 25 August 1945, became the first radio speech given by the President.
Ronodipuro asked his colleague Abdulrahman Saleh to gather radio operators in the regions, such as Solo, Yogyakarta, Bandung, Semarang as well as other regions, to demand that the Japanese give them the authority to broadcast. Initially, the Japanese were reluctant, because their surrender agreement with the Allied forces, required them to hand over all the facilities that were in their control, to the Allied Forces. After some struggle, in the end, the Japanese gave up, and on 11 September 1945, Ronodipuro became the head of the RRI. With the first military aggression on 21 July 1947, Ronodipuro was captured and imprisoned by the Dutch.

Following the transfer of sovereignty to Indonesia. he was freed. Between 1950-1956 he headed the RRI Jakarta. During his term at RRI, he also became a member of the Indonesian delegation to the Asian Radio Consultative Conference in New Delhi (1950), as well as an international convention in Switzerland (1954). He also became an advisor to the Indonesian delegation to the United Nations general assembly (1961-1965). He was appointed the Secretary General of the Department of Information (1969-1972), as the Indonesian Ambassador to Argentina, Chile and Uruguay (1972-1976), and also the President Director of the State Printing Agency (1976).
He collected art since he was very young, probably since the 1940s, and continued to do so until the 1980s.He was close to Basoeki Abdullah, whom he probably knew since the Japanese times, and therefore he possessed some of the most iconic works of the painter. He probably also knew other prominent painters whose works are in his collection, including Sudjojono, Sudarso, Agus and Otto Djaya, Bagong Kussudiardjo and even Trubus and Zaini.

This painting by Trubus, dates from the Revolutionary period, 1947. Perhaps painted not long after the 1st Dutch military aggression (21 July- 4 August 1947), which was a violation of the Linggadjati Agreement, which had been ratified by the lower chamber of the Dutch parliament on 25 March 1947. It shows a building in ruins, most likely as a result of the bombings. It is likely that Mr. Jusuf Ronodipuro knew Trubus since the Revolutionary War. This might be a memento of the Dutch military aggression that got Ronodipuro imprisoned not long after 21 July 1947.


The painting is in good condition


oil on board


signed and dated (lower right): Troboes S 47 Djogya




74 x 54 cm

About The Artist:

Trubus Soedarsono




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