Anak Agung Gede Raka Turas

Anak Agung Gede Raka Turas

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Anak Agung Gde Raka Turas (also known as I Dewa Gde Raka Turas) was born in 1917 in Padang Tegal, Ubud. He passed away in 1993. He met Walter Spies and Rudolf Bonnet when he was 20. The had founded the painter's movement Pita Maha in 1936 in Ubud. Turas was the principal teacher of Ubud in the later period of Pita Maha, led by Bonnet and Cocorde Gde Raka Sukawati. Next to being a painter, Turas was also a sculptor and dancer. His cousins Anak Agung Gde Sobrat, Meregeg and Pudja were just as famous as Turas. Turas, Sobrat and the other cousins were the first Balinese painters that depicted daily life, ceremonies and depictions in their work. Turas was famous for and often imitated with his underwater scenes and his depictions of the garuda-like Burung Kuntul (white herons). The painting on offer features merging silver herons in the fantasy of Turas, in an underwater world. They create a stunning carpet which dazzles with its richness and complexity.