When Persagi was founded in 1938, Agus Djaya became its chairperson. During the Japanese occupation he played an important role in the Keimin Bunka Shidosho cultural center. Following the Indonesian Independence, he was sent to the Netherlands, and with his brother Otto Djaya, his exhibition was staged at the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam.
Other exhibitions followed during his stay in Europe.
As a painter, he thought of how to continue the great Indonesian visual tradition of the past with the new, and borrowed from the reliefs of the Borobudur and Prambanan temples. This painting, The Dance, is one example of how he borrowed from the Ancient Javanese temple reliefs, but then fed new life to them. He does not merely copy the reliefs but take inspiration from them, creating his own interpretations of the scenes.
The painting is in good condition
oil on canvas
signed and dated (lower right): Agus Djaya 66
102 x 95 cm
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