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Portrait of a Lady
Title Portrait of a Lady
Accession Number ngma-03068
Museum Name National Gallery of Modern Art, New Delhi
Gallery Name NGMA-New Delhi
Object Type Painting
Main Material Watercolour 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
Dimensions 7.7 x 14 cms
Detailed Description Even while Roy was working with these various indigenous themes, he was simultaneously copying from the works of the great European masters. His studio must have been a laboratory where he would study the elements of composition and how the paint was applied.
Brief Description Jamini Roy's mastery over the techniques of the great European painters led him to paint local landscapes using tempera. He also painted some portraits in this fashion. Interestingly, he continued to show these European style landscapes and portraits along with his newly-evolved folk style. In this particular painting, the artist has rendered the portrait of a woman using the wash technique.