International Journal of Art & Design Education

Art Education in the Former Dutch East Indies in the 1930s: Questions of Different Cultures

Volume 9.2   1990



Herbert van Reeden offers an example of what happens to the detriment of both learning and teaching when the child’s constructive contribution to a natural culture is ignored. It features a world of colonial education in the Dutch East Indies in the 1930s when it was considered the colonialists’ responsibility to impose western conventions in art education (as in all subjects). Herbert van Reeden provides visual evidence of Indonesian pupils and students adopting these conventions with great facility; but evidence is also provided of barely-suppressed native cultures and religiosities present in drawings and paintings selected, in the 1930s, for an exhibition in the colonial homeland.