Raden Saleh The Book


The Beginning of Modern Indonesian Painting by Werner Kraus

Special Introductory Offer!
Goethe-Institut Indonesia together with the German Embassy proudly presents the first authoritative book on the life and work of the great Javanese artist. To be officially launched this evening, Tuesday, December 11, 2013 at the Goethe Institut Jakarta, the large and opulently designed volume of almost 400 pages was written and composed by the curator of the exhibition Dr. Werner Kraus.

Kraus has dedicated great parts of his life as a scholar specialised in Southeast-Asian art to the multifaceted work of Raden Saleh. The new book presents now the essence of his year long research and studies. It will surprise the reader by a fascinating essay on Saleh’s spectacular life as a painter, a scholar, a reformer of art and education, as a collector and preserver together with a sumptuous documentation of many of his works and a great range of illustrations, pictures and portraits of Raden Saleh — many more than those exhibited at the Galeri Nasional Jakarta in 2012, some published for the first time.

About the Book. An artist’s work must be viewed in the context of his or her time and intellectual environment. The book attempts to describe Raden Saleh’s life against the historical background of his era. The Javanese world from which he came is portrayed, as are the various European circumstances in which he found himself between 1829 and 1850 and the social and cultural reality of the even stronger colonial state into which Raden Saleh had to integrate himself upon his return from Europe.

The book is not intended to be a hermetically sealed textbook but wishes to tell the stories of his life and his works in an informal collection of essays. Illustrations and pictures are selected in much the same way: no attempt has been made to present an exhaustive list of Saleh’s works, nor to achieve any other form of completeness. Ultimately, however, this is abook which invokes the work and life of Raden Saleh like no other publication before.

Book Specifications

• Size 35 x 25 cm (portrait)

• Hardcover with laminated dust jacket

• 357 total pages in full color, printed on matt paper

• 123 pages of text with illustrations

• 46 pages of Raden Saleh’s letters

• 35 pages of drawings and sketches

• 25 pages of lithographs

• 118 pages of paintings

• Limited first-edition copies availability

• Published by Goethe Institut Indonesia

• Exclusively distributed by Afterhours Books

Buy the book at Special Introductory Prices (until February 15, 2013)*

Indonesian Edition Rp 880,000

English/German Editions Rp 990,000

*excluding shipment and available only through direct purchase only

Special Discounts for Volume Purchases

2–3 copies: 5%

4–9 copies: 10%

10–49 copies: 15%

50 or more copies: 20%