Bonnet Rudolf


Born in Amsterdam (1895 – 1978).


Rudolf Bonnet studied at the Rijks School voor Kunstnijverheid (National Arts and Crafts School) and the Rijksakademie (National Academy) in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.


In 1920 Bonnet accompanied his parents on a vacation to Italy, and stayed behind in Anticoli Corrado, south of Rome. He stayed in Italy for eight years, and it was there that he first heard of Bali from the artist Nieuwenkamp, who had made illustrations of Balinese culture.


Between 1929 and 1940 the artist stayed in Ubud and became involved in community issues including healthcare and education.


Bonnet was also very involved in the Pita Maha movement, which encouraged local artists to raise their artistic standards. He was captured by the Japanese during World War II, and returned to Bali in 1946. In 1947 Bonnet returned to Ubud where he tried to return to his pre-war activities. The artist organized the first post-war Balinese exhibition under the auspices of the new Republik Indonesia Timur. He also organized a new association, meant to follow in the footsteps of Pita Maha, called the Golongan Pelukis Ubud in 1953 and the Museum Puri Lukisan (Royal Museum of Painting) in 1956 in Ubud. Due to age and illness he was unable to finish the catalog of the museum, but he did donate his private collection which became the core of it. The awards he won in Indoneasi are, Dharma Kusuma (Bali,1997), and Satya Lencana Kebudayaan (Indonesia, 1980).


Rudolf Bonnet died in Laren, Holland on April 18, 1978. His body was ceremonially cremated in Bali in 1979.


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