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recto: Self portrait on Balinese door (Donald Friend) verso: Jungle motif with devotional figure (I Made Jojol)



Donald Friend


06 Feb 1915 – 16 Aug 1989

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I Made Jojol


circa 1951 –

  • Details

    Place where the work was made
    Sanur Beach Sanur Bali Indonesia
    Media categories
    Painting , Woodwork , Sculpture
    Materials used
    recto: oil, gold leaf on wooden door with carved frame verso: carved jackfruit tree (Artocarpus heterophyllus)
    158.5 x 51.8 cm sight (painted door); 165.5 x 55.0 cm carved door; 203.0 x 93.8 x 24.5 cm door overall :

    0 - Whole, 203 x 93.8 x 25 cm, Door overall, including frame and plinth/base.

    0 - Whole, 158.5 x 51.8 cm, Sight dimensions of painted door panel.

    0 - Whole, 165.5 x 55 cm, Door panel with carving.

    b - plinth/base, 24.5 x 93.8 x 25 cm, Plinth/Base overall.

    a - door, 178.5 x 83.5 x 10.7 cm, Door overall.

    Signature & date

    Not signed. Not dated.

    Purchased with funds provided by Carole Muller and the Pissarro Dinner Fund 2005
    Not on display
    Accession number
    © Reproduced with permission of the Estate of Donald Friend/Copyright Agency

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    Donald Friend

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    I Made Jojol

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  • About

    Donald Friend first visited Bali in 1966, later deciding to settle there at Sanur Beach where he built his Batujimbar Estate. Painted and carved respectively by Friend and Balinese sculptor I Made Jojol, this door was situated either in the museum or the guest pavilion that Friend created. In the upper section Friend has created a mocking portrait of himself as a Balinese prince, sitting in the lalita asana yoga pose; while the lower part was inspired by traditional Indonesian motifs.

    Reflecting his great love and appreciation of Bali, Friend commissioned the young Jojol to carve the verso of this work. The subject presumably relates to a legend connected with his mountain village. A princely figure in a doorway holds his palms together in the Balinese gesture of respect; contrasting with the surrounding riot of animals and foliage in a whimsical, asymmetric composition.

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 1 exhibition

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 5 publications

Other works by Donald Friend

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