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Kalighat painting - Oh Kolkata

Oh Kolkata

  • Object:

    Kalighat painting

  • Place of origin:

    West Bengal
    Birbhum
    Rampurhat (painted)

  • Date:

    2008 (painted)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Patua, Kalam, born 1962 (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    watercolour on paper

  • Museum number:

    IS.54-2011

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Scenes such as this one of modern-day Kolkata can often be found amongst Kalam Patua's subject themes. The urban landscape of cars, skyscrapers, advertising banners and slogans is shown juxtaposed against the toil of the Rickshaw-wallah transporting wealthy passengers through the busy streets.

Physical description

There are three central figures here, a couple on a rickshaw and the rickshaw-wallah who pulls them along. The modern cityscape of Kolkata is rendered in pastel shades of lilac, red, pink and blue. The artist has been clever in depicting four modes of public transport in one painting - a city tram, private cars, public taxis and the hand pulled rickshaw.

Place of Origin

West Bengal
Birbhum
Rampurhat (painted)

Date

2008 (painted)

Artist/maker

Patua, Kalam, born 1962 (artist)

Materials and Techniques

watercolour on paper

Dimensions

Height: 555 mm, Width: 455 mm

Descriptive line

Kalighat painting 'Oh Kolkata', by Kalam Patua, Birbhum district, West Bengal, 2008.

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

p.108 cat.no 100
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.
Patel, Divia; Arts of Asia, vol. 45, no. 5, September - October 2015, "Engaging with Contemporary South Asia", p.87, no. 23.

Labels and date

Scenes such as this one of modern-day Kolkata can often be found amongst Kalam Patua's subject themes. The urban landscape of cars, skyscrapers, advertising banners and slogans is shown juxtaposed against the toil of the Rickshaw-wallah transporting wealthy passengers through the busy streets. [October 2011 - May 2012]

Materials

Paper; Watercolour

Techniques

Hand painted

Categories

Paintings

Collection

South & South East Asia Collection

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