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Kartik

  • 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:

    2000 (painted)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Chitrakar, Ranjit (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Organic pigments on handmade paper.

  • Museum number:

    IS.43-2011

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This painting shows the Hindu god Kartik, the prince of the gods and son of Shiva. The standard depiction of Kartikeya in Kalighat painting has always shown him sitting astride a peacock in the same manner as this colourful version. The mixture of red betel nut juice with whiter pigments produces the vibrant pink that has been used as the background colour

Physical description

This painting shows the god prince Kartik astride on his peacock vehicle. The artist uses a distinctive shade of bright pink in the background to make the central figure of Kartik stand out. The painting is nearly a square, with the central figure filling the entire space. The figure of Kartik wears western style shoes, a floppy wide brimmed hat and has a shawl draped over his forearms. He wears a white dhoti which is edged in grey to represent the shading that indicated volume on traditional Kalighat painting techniques.

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

2000 (painted)

Artist/maker

Chitrakar, Ranjit (artist)

Materials and Techniques

Organic pigments on handmade paper.

Dimensions

Height: 465 mm, Width: 380 mm

Descriptive line

Kalighat painting 'Kartik', by Ranjit Chitraka Medinipur, West Bengal, 2000.

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

p101 cat. no.89
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 standard depiction of Kartikeya, son of Shiva, in Kalighat painting has always shown him sitting astride a peacock in the same manner as this colourful version. The mixture of red betel nut juice with whiter pigments produces the vibrant pink that has been used as the background colour.

[October 2011 - May 2012]

Materials

Handmade paper; Plant pigment

Techniques

Hand painted

Categories

Paintings; Hinduism; Animals and Wildlife; Folk Art

Collection

South & South East Asia Collection

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