Raden Saleh Sjarif Boestaman

(1811 – April 23, 1880)

Raden Saleh Sjarif Boestaman (1811 – April 23, 1880) was an Indonesian Romantic painter of Arab ethnicity who pioneered modern Indonesian art. He was considered to be the first modern artist from Indonesia (then Dutch East Indies), and his paintings corresponded with nineteenth-century romanticism which was popular in Europe at the time. He also expressed his cultural roots and inventiveness in his work.
Raden Saleh was born into a noble Hadhrami family. He was the grandson of Sayyid Abdullah Bustaman on his mother’s side. His father was Sayyid Husen bin Alwi bin Awal bin Yahya, an Indonesian of Arab descent.
Young Raden Saleh was first taught in Bogor by the Belgian artist A.J. Payen. Payen acknowledged the youth’s talent, and persuaded the colonial government of the Netherlands to send Raden Saleh to the Netherlands to study art. He arrived in Europe in 1829 and began to study under Cornelius Kruseman and Andries Schelfhout.
It was from Kruseman that Raden Saleh studied his skills in portraiture, and later was accepted at various European courts where he was assigned to do portraits. While in Europe, in 1836 Saleh became the first indigenous Indonesian to be initiated into Freemasonry. From 1839, he spent five years at the court of Ernst I, Grand Duke of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha, who became an important patron.
From Schelfhout, Raden Saleh furthered his skills as a landscape painter. Raden Saleh visited several European cities, as well as Algiers. In The Hague, a lion tamer allowed Raden Saleh to study his lion, and from that his most famous painting of animal fights was created, which subsequently brought fame to the artist. Many of his paintings were exhibited at the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam. Several of his paintings were destroyed when the Colonial Dutch pavilion in Paris was burnt in 1931.
During his stay in Paris, Saleh met Horace Vernet whose painting frequently took themes of African wildlife. Compared to Vernet, Saleh’s painting seems to be more influenced by the romantic painter Eugène Delacroix. This could be seen in one of Saleh’s work, Hunting Lion, 1840, which has similar composition to Delacroix’s Liberty Leading the People. However, Werner Kraus, a researcher in the Southeast-Asian Art Center of Passau, German, said that Saleh “never mentioned Delacroix. Perhaps he saw Delacroix’s, and possibly Vernet’s, works during an exhibiton.

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