Djelantik, A. A. M. BALINESE PAINTINGS (IMAGES OF ASIA)
Oxford University Press, USA 1990 0195889576 / 9780195889574 Hardcover Fine
A crisp clean hardcover, no markings throughout, NOT an ex-lib book: Visitors to the island of Bali are often overwhelmed by the abundance and variety of paintings they encounter. But what is a typical Balinese painting? In this book, newly updated and with new illustrations, the author examines the religious and social values and techniques of painting that constitute the Balinese style, and then describes the intriguing period of transition in which Balinese art finds itself today, torn between the demands for mass production for the tourist trade and the desire to preserve in traditional paintings Bali as the "last paradise."