Original Signed Oil Painting of Javanese Gandrung Dancers
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Dressed in dance costume, three women share a moment of silent prayer. Mohammad Arifin depicts the trio in a palette of warm oil colors. "A long time ago in Banyuwangi, East Java, the Gandrung dance was performed in the rice fields as an expression of the farmers' joy at an abundant harvest," he explains. "Now, customs are changing and this dance is present in wedding celebrations and other parties. Before the dancers begin, they usually converse with their friends and they also say some prayers."