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My Superhero Raden Saleh Essay

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My superhero is Raden Saleh. Raden Saleh Sjarif Boestaman was an Indonesian romantic painter during the Dutch colonial era. He was considered as a pioneer of Indonesian art and was an idol and inspiration of many well-known modern Indonesian painters. His works bare the theme of romanticism which was similar to the European paintings during the nineteenth century. He was the first native of Java to have learned and master the styles of European painting (Prathivi, 2013). His works were not only famous in Indonesia but were also highly demanded in many European countries, even today. Most of the paintings he painted expressed his cultural roots and traditions showing a sense of creativity which was based on his ethnicity. Some of his works can be found today in both the Netherlands and Indonesian museum while others are showcased in Indonesia’s presidential office. Raden Saleh was born in the year 1811 in Terboyo (located near to Semarang), Indonesia and was of a Javanese decent (Geringer Art LTD, 2009). Since he was young, he had developed artistic skills, impressing not only his teachers but also the Dutch visitors. Therefore, as he was a Javanese nobleman, he was brought to the Netherlands in order to further develop his skills in painting.
The reason I chose Raden Saleh as my hero is because not only that I admire his works and skills in the field of arts, but also for his strong sense of nationalism. He had done many contributions for Indonesia not only through his creativity (as he was the pioneer of Indonesian paintings), but also through his intelligence, which had assisted Indonesia’s revolt against the Dutch colonial rule. Although some historians said that he betrayed his own nation by being on the Dutch’s side (Fauzie, 2013), many evidences proved that he was in fact helping his country through his own unseen ways and I believed that he very much deserves to be considered a hero.
Although he lived in a very different era from me, he is my source of inspiration as I believed that we both shared a few common things. I love to see any kind of paintings, nonetheless they are traditional or modern. I believed that I love paintings as much as he does. Apart from having the same nationality, we are both a dedicated individual. It is very difficult for us to know the word “give up”. I feel that we share the feeling that we will never feel satisfied until we do the right thing. We have a sense of nationalism, a feeling that we must be able to support the country in our own ways. He was very much dedicated in helping his country even though he was appreciated by the Dutch and had a fine life in Netherlands. He was not satisfied being a well-known painter in Netherlands; he instead risked his life just to give the people in Indonesia a better life. Similarly, I feel that I should work hard especially in my studies so that I could contribute for my country. I hoped that after I finished my studies, I could take up a few years of charity work that...

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