Artists such as painters and photographers were fascinated by the tropical landscapes, picturesque villages and markets and especially the diverse inhabitants of the Dutch East Indies. In the first half of the 20th century a large group of European artists, who were also called Beautiful Indies painters, worked there. Today the qualities of these East Indies paintings are fully recognized.
Private collectors played an important pioneering role here. With the exceptional Colauto-Van Peperstraten collection as the central focus, the book describes how a few pioneers were each touched in their own way by the East Indies paintings and built up a collection. This is how they also became experts in a field that was only recognized as important by museums and auctioneering firms at a later stage. Their personal stories and many anecdotes give a fascinating inside view of the art world.
Full attention is also given to the interest in this art movement in postwar Indonesia, with pioneering collectors such as President Sukarno and Vice-President Malik, as well as to the current collectors.
This book was published on the occasion of the exhibition Indisch Palet in the Westfries Museum Hoorn.