an Estuary of Art
At the turning
of the twentieth century Ubud has become destination for many
European researchers and painters. Welcomed openheartedly by the
Royal family. They chose this place since it gave them endless
inspiration to express their ideas. They came to appreciate the
beauty of its nature or even to learn the culture. Ubud is located
in the heart of Gianyar regency some 25 km north of Denpasar.
The word 'Ubud' originates from "ubad" what means medicine.
It seemed it was the ideal place for their quest to be close to
has become an estuary of art. It is a right area for the development
of art since many kinds of art have lived and rooted in the local
community. A painter is not necessarily being a painter only.
He may also be a rice field farmer or a dancer or has other main
activities. Some artists can master several kinds of arts. This
is one of the unique characteristics of artists in Bali. So it
is not surprising if a farmer works in the rice field in the morning
for a while, then in the next few hours he dances on a Barong
stage for a Barong and Kris dance. In the afternoon he will continue
to sculpt or paint.
was the first artist to visit Bali. He was not only an artist
but also a researcher. He was born in Amsterdam in 1876. He has
published a book entitled Bali en Lombok (1906-1910). This book
is about ethnographic and archaeological studies. It seemed that
his book became a useful reference and significant guide for the
next who would visit Bali. Later Gregor Krause who worked as a
doctor in Bali around 1912 has published a photo album about Bali
in 1925. This publication then attracted many others to come to
Bali. One of them is Miguel Covarubias. Having lived and made
historical studies in Bali for years he then wrote a book entitled
Island of Bali.
Up to now
a number of famous artists have visited Ubud and even some still
nestle there. They come from varied talented artistic schools
such as the famous painter of Arie Smith and Antonio Blanco. The
nearby favorite destinations like sensational vista of rice terrace
at Tegalalang and white heron habitat at Petulu have widely inspired
them of painting. And the local artists can also have been influenced
from those painters.
also found their center in and around Ubud. Should you wish to
watch a performance, simply buy a ticket from one of the ticket
sellers on the roads of Ubud.Regular performances are on stage
at different villages with their own local troupes. There is the
romantic Ramayana Ballet, mass Kecak, enchanting Legong dance,
and puppet shadow play.