Arie Smit

About Arie Smit

Arie Smit (1916-2016) is best known for his colorful Balinese landscape paintings and his voluntary work as teacher and motivator of young Balinese artists. Arie Smit was born in the Netherlands and studied at the Academy of Arts in Rotterdam. After his studies he was sent to Java as a lithographer for the Dutch army. During WWII Arie Smit was captured by the Japanese and as a prisoner of war he was forced to do labor at the Burma Railway for three and a half years.

After the Indonesian Independence Arie Smit chose to become and Indonesian citizen, the beautiful landscape was one of the key factors in his decision. While working on Java he crossed the island to paint the landscapes and had some exhibitions. One of his dreams was to visit Bali one day and this happened in 1956. He fell in love with the island and decided to stay. He moved around the island, lived in different villages and painted temples, rice terraces, flowers and trees and sometimes people, all in vivid vibrant colors.

During one of his trips on the island Arie Smit saw a young man painting in the sand and he invited the man and his nephew to his studio where he let them work on paper. This was the start of the ‘Young Artists’ movement on Bali where Arie Smit gave art lessons and provided materials for the Balinese young painters. He didn’t tell them what to paint but gave suggestions and motivated them to explore the arts. This resulted in hundreds of Balinese painters who got to work in a bright colored style and some of these painters became internationally recognized.

What are paintings of Arie Smit worth?

Works of Arie Smit are very popular among collectors of Indonesian art and sometimes you can find his paintings at art and antique auctions. The prices of Arie Smit paintings can vary, some works are a couple of thousand dollars, going up towards $10,000.-.

Arie Smit now in auction

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Arie Smit (1916-2016)

Arie Smit (1916-2016)

Lot 151: Arie Smit (1916-2016)Green landscape in northern Bali signed and dated ‘Arie Smit 99’ (lower right) oil on canvas,

Arie Smit (1916-2016)

Arie Smit (1916-2016)

Lot 152: Arie Smit (1916-2016)A Balinese temple signed and dated ‘Arie Smit ’92’ (lower left) oil on canvas, 42×69 cm

Examples of the work of Arie Smit

These are some of the best examples of the work of Arie Smit.

Arie Smit (1916-2016)

Arie Smit (1916-2016)

Lot 55: Arie Smit (1916-2016) Arie Smit (1916-2016) `Balinese landscape`, signed and dated Bali `77 lower left, canvas on board. 33 x 37 cm. December 5, 2017Zeeuws Veilinghuis, Middelburg, The Netherlands Do you like this auction lot? Share it with others!

Arie Smit (1916-2016)

Arie Smit (1916-2016)

Lot 54: Arie Smit (1916-2016) Arie Smit (1916-2016) `Palmtrees at sunset`, signed and dated Bali `81 lower left, canvas. 32 x 35 cm. December 5, 2017Zeeuws Veilinghuis, Middelburg, The Netherlands Do you like this auction lot? Share it with others!

Arie Smit (1916-2016)

Arie Smit (1916-2016)

Lot 56: Arie Smit (1916-2016) Arie Smit (1916-2016) `Balinese landscape`, signed and dated Bali `75 lower left, mixed media on paper. 38 x 37,5 cm. December 5, 2017Zeeuws Veilinghuis, Middelburg, The Netherlands Do you like this auction lot? Share it with others!

Arie Smit (1916-2016)

Arie Smit (1916-2016)

Lot 53: Arie Smit (1916-2016) Arie Smit (1916-2016) `Balinese landscape`, signed and dated Bali `74 lower right, canvas. 34 x 44 cm. December 5, 2017Zeeuws Veilinghuis, Middelburg, The Netherlands Do you like this auction lot? Share it with others!

Arie Smit auction archive

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Arie Smit 1916-2016

Arie Smit 1916-2016

Lot 4: Arie Smit 1916-2016 Arie Smit (1916-2016) `Road in Balinese landscape`, signed and dated Bali `75 l.r., canvas. Provenance: Felicitas Fischer (1928-2012), a friend of Arie Smit. 34 x 34 cm. Auction date: June 5, 2018Estimate: EUR 4000 – 6000,- Auction house: Zeeuws Veilinghuis, Middelburg, The Netherlands Do you like this auction lot? Share it with others!

Arie Smit 1916-2016

Arie Smit 1916-2016

Lot 3: Arie Smit 1916-2016 Arie Smit (1916-2016) `Temple entrance`, signed and dated Bali `81 l.r., canvas. Provenance: Felicitas Fischer (1928-2012), a friend of Arie Smit. 26,5 x 31,5 cm. Auction date: June 5, 2018Estimate: EUR 3000 – 5000,- Auction house: Zeeuws Veilinghuis, Middelburg, The Netherlands Do you like this auction lot? Share it with others!

Arie Smit (1916-2016)

Arie Smit (1916-2016)

Lot 54: Arie Smit (1916-2016) Arie Smit (1916-2016) `Palmtrees at sunset`, signed and dated Bali `81 lower left, canvas. 32 x 35 cm. December 5, 2017Zeeuws Veilinghuis, Middelburg, The Netherlands Do you like this auction lot? Share it with others!

Arie Smit (1916-2016)

Arie Smit (1916-2016)

Lot 55: Arie Smit (1916-2016) Arie Smit (1916-2016) `Balinese landscape`, signed and dated Bali `77 lower left, canvas on board. 33 x 37 cm. December 5, 2017Zeeuws Veilinghuis, Middelburg, The Netherlands Do you like this auction lot? Share it with others!

Arie Smit (1916-2016)

Arie Smit (1916-2016)

Lot 56: Arie Smit (1916-2016) Arie Smit (1916-2016) `Balinese landscape`, signed and dated Bali `75 lower left, mixed media on paper. 38 x 37,5 cm. December 5, 2017Zeeuws Veilinghuis, Middelburg, The Netherlands Do you like this auction lot? Share it with others!

Arie Smit (1916-2016)

Arie Smit (1916-2016)

Lot 53: Arie Smit (1916-2016) Arie Smit (1916-2016) `Balinese landscape`, signed and dated Bali `74 lower right, canvas. 34 x 44 cm. December 5, 2017Zeeuws Veilinghuis, Middelburg, The Netherlands Do you like this auction lot? Share it with others!

Adrianus Wilhelmus (Arie) Smit (1916-2016)

Adrianus Wilhelmus (Arie) Smit (1916-2016)

Lot 76: Adrianus Wilhelmus (Arie) Smit (1916-2016)Adrianus Wilhelmus (Arie) Smit (1916-2016) Stained glass design, depicting Adam and Eve driven out from paradise by an angel, unsigned, watercolour on paper. Provenance: family of the artist. Smit gave this watercolour as a wedding gift to his sister in 1938. We thank Lucienne Smit, author of `Arie Smit – A painters life in…

Adrianus Wilhelmus (Arie) Smit (1916-2016)

Adrianus Wilhelmus (Arie) Smit (1916-2016)

Lot 54: Adrianus Wilhelmus (Arie) Smit (1916-2016)Adrianus Wilhelmus (Arie) Smit (1916-2016) `Streetview Batavia`, signed and dated `Batavia `47` lower right, watercolour on paper. Provenance: family of the artist. We thank Lucienne Smit, author of `Arie Smit – A painters life in the tropics`, for authenticating this lot. 28 x 39 cm. June 8, 2017Zeeuws Veilinghuis, Middelburg, The Netherlands Do you…

Adrianus Wilhelmus (Arie) Smit (1916-2016)

Adrianus Wilhelmus (Arie) Smit (1916-2016)

Lot 74: Adrianus Wilhelmus (Arie) Smit (1916-2016)Adrianus Wilhelmus (Arie) Smit (1916-2016) `Dragon behind flowers`, signed lower right, board. Provenance: familiy of the artist. We thank Lucienne Smit, author of `Arie Smit – A painters life in the tropics`, for authenticating this lot. 39 x 29 cm. June 8, 2017Zeeuws Veilinghuis, Middelburg, The Netherlands Do you like this auction lot? Share…