Sawa Plower 26 Bali Oil on canvas, framed Signed Strasser 86.5cm x 59cm (34in x 23¼in).
Provenance: private collection, California
羅蘭 · 史特撒爾 沙哇犁地 油彩畫布 木框
As a continuation to the '20366 Fine Chinese Paintings and Contemporary Asian Art' sale at Bonhams Hong Kong on 23 November 2012, the same Californian private collector has released another 10 lots by this artist to the market (Lots 929-938). This batch of works includes oil on canvas as well as renditions on paper in watercolour, charcoal, pastel and gouache, demonstrating Strasser's dexterity in working with different media. His subjects are also diverse which range from Balinese boatmen and beauties to Japanese geishas as well as his self portrait. These works exemplify Strasser's personal image and his fascination with Asia, also documenting his colourful and well-travelled life.
Austrian-born artist Roland Strasser studied painting in Vienna and Munich in the 1910s. He first travelled to Indonesia in 1920 and also visited Siam, New Guinea, China, India, Mongolia, Tibet, Japan and North Africa. Returning to Bali in 1934, Strasser lived and painted in his studio in the mountainous area of Kintamani for the next ten years, producing many portraits, figure studies and landscapes depicting the local scene. In 1952 Strasser immigrated to the United States and worked there until his death in 1974 in Santa Monica, California. His paintings are in private and public collections in cities as diverse as Vienna, Berlin, Sydney, Ubud (Indonesia), Honolulu, Los Angeles and Toronto.