Lady holding a fan
Title Lady holding a fan
Accession Number R7267
Museum Name Victoria Memorial Hall, Kolkata
Gallery Name NA
Object Type Painting
Medium Watercolour
Main Artist Sunyani Devi
Artist's Nationality Indian
Artist's Life Date / Bio Data Sunayani Devi was born into the famous Tagore family at Jorasanko, later married to Rajani Mohan Chattopadhyay, a lawyer. As she was a girl, she did not receive the formal training in art given to her brothers Gaganendranath, Samarendranath and Abanindranath. The urge to paint was, nevertheless, a driving force in her. She watched her brothers at work and picked up hints on technique from them, teaching herself painting at a very early age. She painted as a hobby right through the early years of her marriage and her children's babyhood, though she did not begin to paint seriously till she was in her thirties. The Indian Society for Oriental Art arranged to have her paintings shown in Europe more than once. Her work was also acquired by institutions of the time such as the Sri Chitralayam Museum of Trivandrum, the Jagmohan Palace of Mysore, the Rabindra Bharati Society and so on. She also established an art teaching institution called Kala Bharati. Her main medium was watercolour, and her subjects ranged from mythology to the domestic space which restrict a woman's life. It is clear that in shaping her visual language, she drew on traditional sources as well as folk art. Her paintings were spread over with a lyrical sensibility.
Provenance Dr. Debasis K Roy
Dimensions 14.5 x 18.7 cm
Brief Description On reverse of the above painting there is another unidentified picture.