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Title Bull
Accession Number ngma-03062
Museum Name National Gallery of Modern Art, New Delhi
Gallery Name NGMA-New Delhi
Object Type Painting
Main Material Tempera on paper
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 with brush and red colour at the bottom right corner of the painting.
Dimensions 27.7 X 22.5 cms
Detailed Description Jamini Roy has painted bulls and other animals in different styles. In search of his unique style, Jamni Roy studied arts of different cultures through many millennia. He has painted bulls in the style of craft objects of Bengal and he has also painted bulls in the fashion of the cave paintings of Altamira in Spain. This work is one such example.
Brief Description In the early 1920s Jamini Roy made paintings using only one or two colours with application of paint being flat and the non essential details in the background discarded as in the Chinese landscapes. This painting appears to have been executed in a similar style.