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A Girl Praying Near Fire
Title A Girl Praying Near Fire
Museum Name National Gallery of Modern Art, Bengaluru
Gallery Name Reserve Collection
Object Type Painting
Main Material Oil
Main Artist M.F. Pithawala
Artist's Nationality Indian
Artist's Life Date / Bio Data 1871 - 1937
Country India
Period / Year of Work 1911
Dimensions 54.5 cm x 68 cm
Brief Description An excellent example of Pithawala's portraiture skills, this painting depicts a young girl in profile view: in her right hand is an incense vessel. The girl is dressed in a well embroidered attire with exquisite folds and drape-like segments. On her head is a small black cap - similar to those worn by the Parsi community. The cap itself is adorned with a flower pattern. The girl's left hand is placed over the smoke rising from the embers, and although titled 'A Girl Praying near the fire', the girls action and the hint of a smile as she looks down at the fire, reflect an amused young girl, 'playing' with the fire. Manchershaw F. Pithawala (1872-1937) was a trained academic realist Indian painter and was a student of John Griffiths at Sir J. J School of Art in Mumbai. Acclaimed as a portraitist his art work depicts his acute observation of Western naturalism, and realistic portrait making. His understanding of techniques such as; chiaroscuro, color gradation, opacity, and layering reflects a rigorous training under a formal art institution that based itself on a Western model of art making.