Fine Art Painting: Myths of Bali

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"Myths of Bali" by German Artist Iz Maglow (6/10)

In Balinese dances, dramas and shadow plays as well as in paintings or sculptures mostly tell myths from old India, most important the epic "Ramayana" and the epic "Mahabarata".
Myths of Bali like the legends of "Raden Panji" go back to the year ~1200, when dynasties in East- and Middle-Java had been on its top. "Legong", an ancient, royal dance narrates a small part of the "Panji"-Cycle: the legend of "Raja Lasem", who had kidnapped the princess "Rangkesari" and who was killed in her liberation.

Especially the demons of Bali are painted very exaggerated and during the night before "Nyepi", a celebration similar to Western "New Year", everywhere on the island of Bali giant monsters called "Ogoh Ogoh" are carried through the streets.
 

OGOH OGOH

OGOH OGOH
print, tempera and acrylic on paper,
1995, 30 x 40 cm
14195010
private collection
Stuttgart / Germany
 

OGOH OGOH

OGOH OGOH
print, tempera and acrylic on paper,
1995, 30 x 40 cm
14195009
 

OGOH OGOH

OGOH OGOH
print, tempera and acrylic on paper,
1995, 30 x 40 cm
14195008
 

The myth from "Cupak and Grantang" is popular with Balinese dance, opera and painting subjects. "Cupak" and "Grantang" were brothers. The elder one big and coarse, the other slim and polite. Both fall in love with a princess from Kediri, which was kidnapped by a giant. The myth paints the struggle among both opposite characters during the liberation of the princess.
 

CUPAK AND GRANTANG

CUPAK AND GRANTANG
tempera and acrylic on paper,
1995, 30 x 42 cm
11095015
private collection
Frankfurt / Germany
 

CUPAK

CUPAK
tempera and acrylic on paper,
1995, 30 x 42 cm
11095014
 

RAJA LASEM

RAJA LASEM
tempera and acrylic on paper,
1995, 42 x 30 cm
11095074
 

"Arja", a many hours lasting Bali-Opera, tells the myth of "Jayaprana", the last surviving man of an epidemic and his wife "Layon Sari". His king and adopted father "Anak Agung" tries in vain to get "Layon Sari". She prefers to follow her murdered husband by killing herself than to follow the wishes of her king.

JAYAPRANA

JAYAPRANA
tempera and acrylic on paper,
1995, 42 x 30 cm
11095049
 

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