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Kalighat painting - 'The false Vaishnav'

'The false Vaishnav'

  • Object:

    Kalighat painting

  • Place of origin:

    West Bengal
    Pingla
    Naya Village (The patua village at Naya is home to over 300 working artist families, who live and work as a tightly knit community. They primarily work on longer scroll paintings, but some artists also produce Kalighat paintings. , painted)

  • Date:

    1995 - 1998 (painted)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Chitrakar, Ranjit (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Organic pigments on handmade paper.

  • Museum number:

    IS.41-2011

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This painting is a version of the theme of the confidence trickster masquerading as a Vaishnav holy man and begging for alms. If their trick was discovered, the men would often be beaten and chased out of the village by indignant villagers. The bright green of this painting was achieved by crushing leaves from the Seem (flat bean) plant. Each pigment is mixed immediately after collection with juice from the bel fruit to create a binding medium.

Place of Origin

West Bengal
Pingla
Naya Village (The patua village at Naya is home to over 300 working artist families, who live and work as a tightly knit community. They primarily work on longer scroll paintings, but some artists also produce Kalighat paintings. , painted)

Date

1995 - 1998 (painted)

Artist/maker

Chitrakar, Ranjit (artist)

Materials and Techniques

Organic pigments on handmade paper.

Dimensions

Height: 480 mm, Width: 380 mm

Descriptive line

Kalighat painting 'The false vaishnav', by Ranjit Chitrakar, Medinipur, West Bengal, 1995 - 1998.

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

p.101 cat. no 88
Sinha, Suhashini, and Panda, C, eds. Kalighat Paintings from the collection of the Victoria and Albert Museum, London and Victoria Memorial Hall, Kolkata. London: Victoria and Albert Museum, 2012. ISBN 1851776656.

Labels and date

The bright green of this painting was achieved by crushing leaves from the Seem (flat bean) plant. Each pigment is mixed immediately after collection with juice from the bel fruit to create a binding medium. This painting is a version of the theme of the confidence trickster masquerading as a Vaishnav holy man and begging for alms. If their trick was discovered, the men would often be beaten and chased out of the village by indignant villagers. [October 2011 - May 2012]

Materials

Paper; Pigment

Techniques

Hand painted

Categories

Paintings; Folk Art

Collection

South & South East Asia Collection

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