Bonnet, Johan Rudolf (b. Amsterdam, the Netherland, 1895 - 1978) 
 

 

Studied painting at the Hendrick de Keijserschool, the Rijksschool voor Kunstnijverheid, and the National Academy of Fine Arts, Amsterdam. Bonnet first came to Bali in 1929, and later introduced Western artistic conventions of anatomy and proportion to Balinese artists. He co-founded the Pita Maha artists’ association in 1936. With Cokorda Gede Agung Sukawati, he established the Puri Lukisan Museum in Ubud in 1953. In 1972 he founded the Ubud Painters Group. In 1977 he became the first foreigner to receive the Dharma Kusuma Art award from the Provincial Government of Bali and was posthumously recognized with the Satya Lencana Kebudayaan Cultural Award from the Indonesian Government in1980.

Portrait of Ni Kandi

Seated Balinese Boy