1993-11-10 00:00:00

Indonesia lost a master of natural painting when Basuki Abdullah, a Catholic and grandson of a Muslim national hero, was murdered by robbers in his south Jakarta house Nov. 5.

Abdullah, 78, noted for his natural paintings, was a friend to kings and heads of state. Many celebrities came to him for portraits.

After the murder, several cabinet ministers were among the noted figures who visited his home to pay homage to the painter.

When Pope John Paul II visited Indonesia in 1989, President Soeharto gave him a portrait of the smiling pontiff holding a baby painted by Abdullah.

Abdullah was the grandson of Mas Ngabehi Wahidin Sudirohusodo, founder of Boedi Oetama (Morality First), the first organization in the then Dutch East Indies to promote national awareness among colonized people.


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