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Rupa Katha
Title Rupa Katha
Accession Number ngma-00155
Museum Name National Gallery of Modern Art, New Delhi
Gallery Name NGMA-New Delhi
Object Type Painting
Main Material Tempera on cloth
Main Artist Jamini Roy (1887-1972)
Artist's Nationality Indian
Artist's Life Date / Bio Data Jamini Roy was one of the earliest and most significant modernists of twentieth century Indian art. From 1920 onwards his search for the essence of form led him to experiment with dramatically different visual style. His career spanning over nearly six decades had many significant turning points and his works collectively speak of the nature of his modernism and the prominent role he played in breaking away from the art practices of his time. Trained in the British academic style of painting in the early decades of the twentieth century, Jamini Roy became well-known as a skilful portraitist. He received regular commissions after he graduated from the Government Art School in what is now Kolkata, in 1916. The first three decades of the twentieth century saw a sea-change in cultural expressions in Bengal. The growing surge of the nationalist movement was prompting all kinds of experiments in literature and the visual arts. The Bengal School, founded by Abanindranath Tagore and Kala Bhavana in Santiniketan under Nandalal Bose rejected European naturalism and the use of oil as a medium and were exploring new ways of representation. Jamini Roy, too, consciously rejected the style he had mastered during his academic training and from the early 1920s searched for forms that stirred the innermost recesses of his being. He sought inspiration from sources as diverse as East Asian calligraphy, terracotta temple friezes, objects from folk arts and crafts traditions and the like. What was increasingly apparent from 1920 onwards was that Roy brought a joy and
Country India
Inscription Signed 'Jamini Roy' in Bengali at the bottom right corner of the painting with brush in orange colour.
Dimensions 89 X 52.7 cms
Detailed Description The painting is an illustration of the artist's application of colour as there is a strong element of fantasy in the richly saturated palette that Roy created from a limited range- vegetable, mineral and earth colours. Through his use unconventional use of colours he demolished all the boundaries of naturalism. The horse in the painting has its lower half in red whereas the upper half is painted white. Also noteworthy is the artist's implementation of a colourful ornamental border with geometric designs to frame the central figures.
Brief Description The rustic figures and village society feature prominently in the paintings of Jamini Roy. It helped him to communicate with ordinary people because he was entering their familiar world of imagination.