Milk Maids
Title Milk Maids
Accession Number acc-no-00355
Museum Name National Gallery of Modern Art, Bengaluru
Gallery Name Reserve Collection
Object Type Painting
Main Material Tempera on Paper
Main Artist Sunayani Devi
Artist's Nationality Indian
Artist's Life Date / Bio Data 1875 - 1962
Country India
Dimensions 34.2 cm x 33.5 cm
Brief Description Sunayani Devi, considered as a primitivist, was born to a family of talented writers and painters. Her uncle was Rabindranath Tagore and her older brothers were Abanindranath and Gaganendranath. From the start her paintings have been considered bold, original, resembling ancient Jain paintings in their hieratic quality. While her initial style was very similar to Abanindranath's, employing the wash technique to its fullest, her later paintings, reflected an ideation arising from the encounter with village clay dolls that often adorned urban homes, and Kalighat pats. The modernist discourse of primitive simplicity and the nationalist discourse of cultural authenticity come together in the image of Sunayani Devi as a nationalist artist. Critical reviews of her paintings, have called her a naïve painter, who used folk motifs with immense charm and feeling.