Title Bull
Accession Number acc-no-03129
Museum Name National Gallery of Modern Art, Bengaluru
Gallery Name Reserve Collection
Object Type Painting
Main Material Wash on paper
Main Artist Jamini Roy
Artist's Nationality Indian
Artist's Life Date / Bio Data 1887 - 1972
Country India
Dimensions 22.3 cm x 35 cm
Brief Description Here we see Jamini Roy's passion for the outdoor. The animal sketches show his keen eye for observing elements of composition, depth, perspective, light and shade and thematic. Roy's use of the Bengali pat in an effort to restore art as a collective activity nourished by a deeply symbolic religious mythology has very interesting parallels with Oskar Schlemmer's. The German expressionist who like Roy wished to create an art of collective identity said, "non-natural treatment of the human form was superior because of it's symbolic nature, as seen in ancient culture, Eyptian, Greek, and Indian, nourished by religious faith." There was a phase in which he adopted the calligraphic brush lines of Kalighat Patuas to create sophisticated forms. Roy brought the sensibilities of a formerly educated artist to his appropriation of folk form. His interest in depicting an earthy colour scheme can be witnessed in these landscapes where he restricts his palette to - Indian red, yellow ochre, cadmium, green, vermilion, grey, blue and white.