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Kalighat painting - Sneaking into the mirror

Sneaking into the mirror

  • Object:

    Kalighat painting

  • Place of origin:

    West Bengal
    Birbhum
    Rampurhat (painted)

  • Date:

    2009 (painted)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Patua, Kalam, born 1962 (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    watercolour on paper

  • Museum number:

    IS.52-2011

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

The vibrant blue used here is similar in shade to that used in the depictions of Hanuman in the V&A's collection. The lady in this painting, although clearly alone in the privacy of her room, stares seductively at her imaginary lover in the mirror reflection in front of her. Her posture echoes the depictions of seated courtesans in the 19th century.

Physical description

There are two central charaters in this painting, one of whom is seated looking at her reflection in a mirror. The artist has missed some of the accuracy of the mirror reflection image - the real woman is touching her right ear, whereas her reflection is also touching it's right ear when it should be the left. The ghostly green colouring of the male lover's figure emphasises his imaginary status. The deep blue of the background in this painting highlights the subtlety and sensuality of the woman's draped garment, emphasised by its transparency.

Place of Origin

West Bengal
Birbhum
Rampurhat (painted)

Date

2009 (painted)

Artist/maker

Patua, Kalam, born 1962 (artist)

Materials and Techniques

watercolour on paper

Dimensions

Height: 430 mm, Length: 570 mm

Descriptive line

Kalighat painting 'Sneaking into the mirror', by Kalam Patua, Birbhum district, West Bengal, 2009.

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

p.107 cat.no.98
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 vibrant blue used here is similar in shade to that used in the depictions of Hanuman in the V&A's collection. The lady in this painting, although clearly alone in the privacy of her room, stares seductively at her imaginary lover in the mirror reflection in front of her. Her posture echoes the depictions of seated courtesans in the 19th century. [October 2011 - May 2012]

Materials

Paper; Watercolour

Techniques

Hand painted

Categories

Paintings

Collection

South & South East Asia Collection

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