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 Gerard Pieter Adolfs  (1898 - 1968)

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Lived/Active: Netherlands      Known for: figure and genre painting, Indonesia

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Gerard Pieter Adolfs (1898-1968)

He was born January 2, 1898 in Semarang, Central-Java.  He was a Dutch East Indies painter and architect.  He was already well-known as a talented advertising illustrator, when in 1924 he was first introduced to the public of Yogyakarta as a painter, water-colorist and graphic artist. 

Each year Adolfs traveled for a few months.  He had studios in Florence, Rome, Vienna, Budapest, Prag and - together with his Japanese friend Léonard Tsuguharu Fujita - in Paris and exhibited his works of art internationally (Netherlands Indies, Japan, Singapore, USA, England, Holland, Sweden, Norway, France, and Switzerland.

In his works he has always attempted to represent the light, color and the simple joy of life that impregnates the native scenes of the East.  He has a bold, vigorous style, applying his pigments with quick strokes of the palette knife.  The main subjects of his works are scenes of Java, Bali, Japan (market sceneries, cockfights, landscapes and townscapes) and of North Africa.

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