Arjuna Nursing

Hendra Gunawan1979

Ciputra Artpreneur

Ciputra Artpreneur

Hendra's interest in traditional art was apparent from childhood. Hendra's entry into the youth organization Yayasan Obor Pasundansteadily sharpened his insights into local art. Hendra's ability in traditional art was not only in understanding theories, but also in practicing in the art. He was also a proven puppeteer and was skilled in the art of dance. In the painting Arjuna Nursing, Hendra seems to be trying to catch snippets of his experiences when he was emotionally involved in the staging of the show when he was young. We can clearly see the atmosphere of frenzied preparation before staging thewayang orangperformance. The colors shown seem to present a happy atmosphere. This said, everything is depicted in its simplicity, for the world of wayang orang as understood by Hendra was a world of the art of the "common man". The most important part of this painting is the human-interest element displayed. Inwayang orang,the Arjuna character (one of the Pandawa warriors) was always played by women. This was because Arjuna was known as a refined man and handsome as well as beautiful. In Arjuna nursing it was revealed that Arjuna was a woman, no less a mother, who had brought her child with her to the performance. And the child was breastfed by the mother before she went up on stage. Here Hendra painted a moving event behind the scenes.

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  • Title: Arjuna Nursing
  • Creator: Hendra Gunawan
  • Date Created: 1979
  • Medium: Oil on canvas


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